Idlewild Synopsis
A piano player and another performer try to keep their speakeasy out of hoodlums' hands.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Idlewild is a romp, a ticket to rowdy good times.
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75

Chicago Tribune

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Aiding Barber is the terrific work of choreographer Hinton Battle, delivering a ferocious, contemporary update of swing and bridging the...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Idle it is not. Wild it is most assuredly. Set in Prohibition-era Georgia, Idlewild boasts yesterday's style, today's music, and the Harlem...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The music by Outkast is great, and the rowdy, randy en masse dance sequences are riveting. The story, however, is rather thin and lacks...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
An entertaining mess. It blends together musical styles and dances, historical periods with howling anachronisms, coy, almost childish...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The camerawork is steady, the editing patient, the choreography playful. It's a zippy and inspired piece of moviemaking. But there's one...
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The soundtrack is a genre-hopping joy, and each musical number is cleverly staged and creatively choreographed. The problem is the noble...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This oddball mix of "The Cotton Club" and "Six Feet Under" is a big, beautiful mess. But it offers the not-uninstructive spectacle of...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

If Idlewild had something beyond OutKast's songwriting, it would make a swell musical.
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30

Wall Street Journal

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Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate,...
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I loved it!

By USCAlum06
I loved the movie; i wish it would have come out earlier closer to the release of Speakerboxx/The Love Below, though!...

I was hoping for better..

By hiroshima23
The musical scenes were great.. but the storyline was poor and the acting was lame. I love outkast, but I was bored to tears. Shima...

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Rated R | For violence, sexuality, nudity and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Violent musical featuring OutKast. Not for kids.
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