Fame Synopsis
An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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15

NPR

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My advice to potential audiences: Find something else to do.
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FAME - lame but uplifting! Grade: B-minus (Based on advance VIP press preview projected onto a silver screen at a movie theater)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Wed. Sept. 23. FAME is a 107-min re-imagined re-make of the 1980 original FAME movie. I've watched the original many years ago - and in comparison, I like the original better. The 1980 original...

PG?? Seriously????

By mom2mygirls
My 11 year old daughter had her heart set on taking 5 of her friends to go see this movie for her birthday. I did have my reservations, but it was PG....so against my better judgement, I agreed....

Powerful - must see!

By lvviewer
I loved it. Follows a class at a performing arts high school in NYC from tryouts through freshman year through senior year. What talent! The music and performances are butt kicking... Must see it!...

Awesome

By c4given
Great movie...if you like dancing, you will love this. Don't listen to the hairbrained idiots that leave negative reviews....this IS NOT A SMALL children's movie, but it is artistic and wonderfully...

so so

By seetherlove
The Beginning part of this movie was way too boring! but it definetaly got better at the end :) Wasnt that good thought. I wouldnt pay to see this movie....

Fame! Brian’s Going To Live Forever!

By whysoblu
Should I be concerned or seriously ponder anymore why Fame was one of the best movies I have seen theatrically in the past month? I’m not really sure how I feel about this. It sits a little uneasy...

Fame watch

By majord100
Cannot wait!...

SWEET!!!!!

By kiramoondreamer
Im so excited and can't wait to see this...

remake unremarkable

By quietone72663
I was a teenager when the orginal Fame was in the movies. I loved that one. Songs and dances were a part of the story, in the latest version the song and dance are basically the entire story none...

Five Word Review

By edwardgirl101
Outstanding amazing Great Must-see Great.family.movie...

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Rated PG | For thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language.
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.
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