San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's big, perfectly cast and entertaining in every way, but more than that it feels like a generous public event.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Women will love this, and men won't mind the eye candy either, so it looks like this Screen Gems release can't help becoming a hit.
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By Scott Tobias
It's silly and often laughable, but it's a sweet fantasy, too, produced in loving homage to the frothiest traditions of stage and screen.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's entertaining enough, like watching a celebrity workout film with a plot. But never once is it believable.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Burlesque is a preposterous and intermittently entertaining lesson in how to make a movie musical with a little brains and a lot of talent.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
It bristles with exuberant numbers that strain beneath the weight of cliché.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Earnestly ersatz down to every spangle, dance move, plot turn, and line of hokum dialogue, Burlesque is a showbiz pic for these American Idol times - a time when we agree to pretend that mediocre mimicry of better artists is good enough to keep us entertained. We agree to pretend that quality is in the eye and ear of the undemanding beholder.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Sure, sometimes it's fun to be assaulted by sequins, wigs, corsets and retro homage. But Xtina's fans can find all that already - in videos ranging from "Lady Marmalade" to "Ain't No Other Man" - without having to sit through two hours of recycled plots and plastic acting.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It could have been the 21st-century Showgirls. I wouldn't have missed that for the world. Instead, Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera playing drag queen versions of themselves with all the vitality of Madame Tussauds wax dolls, is a bust that lacks the pizzaz and bugfuck nuttiness of Paul Verhoeven's 1995 trash epic.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.
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47 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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