Beth Johnson
December 15, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dreamgirls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
131 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/15/06
Wide Release Date
12/25/06
performer
Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, Danny Glover, Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose
director
Bill Condon
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Bill Condon
genre
Drama, musical

We gave it a B+

Dreamgirls, the Broadway musical-turned-film about a ’60s girl group — okay, the Supremes — has Aretha-piped, plus-size Effie (Jennifer Hudson) demoted in favor of crossover babe Deena (Beyoncé). And sure enough, Beyoncé is pop perfection on the title track. Eddie Murphy also impresses when channeling James Brown on several other tunes. But the album really comes alive on Hudson’s tracks, and ultimately, this is her moment. When she belts showstopper ”And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” it’s the rallying cry of a new star.

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