'Burlesque' Movie Review: Dancing Girls! Music! Costumes! (And Not Much Else)

Suzanne Murray

burlesque cher christina aguileraWhat do you get when you take two divas (Cher, Christina Aguilera), throw in a ton of sequins, some false eyelashes, Alan Cumming, and a gay Stanley Tucci

Apparently not much.

The reviews for Burlesque are in, and unless you're a die-hard Cher fan or a Christina Aguilera groupie, it sounds like you might want to skip this flick.

Here's what the critics had to say:

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Think of Burlesque as one ginormous music video theme party thrown by Christina Aguilera, with Cher in the house, plus boas, bustiers, and dancing girls, and about a thousand humongous Broadway-style showstoppers. Which is a far better way to consider "Burlesque" than thinking of it as a movie -- there, words fail.

Rex Reed, New York Observer

This one is strictly for Cher fans who like their campy shtick loud, lewd, and ludicrous. But the biggest problem among many is that it's not her movie. She's hardly in it. Instead of an excuse to breathe oxygen into the twilight of Cher's career, it turns out to be a slutty pasteup constructed out of spit and chewing gum to showcase the movie debut of the caterwauling Christina Aguilera. They should have all stayed in bed. This movie is so bad that it makes you realize how much you miss Showgirls.


Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

Burlesque is like Showgirls without the redemptively gratuitous sex and nudity. Or 42nd Street without the originality.

Peter Paras, E! Online

Bland Burlesque isn't even awful enough to qualify as a so-bad-it's-good guilty pleasure. Oh well.
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