75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Much of the movie has a structureless, documentary feeling to it, which is good and should have been pushed further.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Since I sort of liked “Step Up 2: The Streets,” I’m not surprised I sort of liked the remake of Fame.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Whether the young ensemble attains it remains to be seen. The standouts, though, are Naughton, Pennie and Perez De Tagle.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It’s not a good sign when the first few minutes of a movie about singing, dancing, rapping, video-camera-wielding teenagers reminds you of a certain grimy horror franchise.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

It's almost laughably bland and watered-down in its desire to appeal to the widest possible audience. It won't succeed in that goal, but it has enough pizzazz to captivate undemanding tweeners.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So little time is devoted to developing characters that it's hard to share their hopes and fears.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Fame offers slick entertainment with some exuberance, but it's devoid of soul or heart.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The teachers (including original cast member Debbie Allen as school principal) turn out to be the best part of the show.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original.
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15

NPR

My advice to potential audiences: Find something else to do.
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39 out of 100
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