Rave Reviews For Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

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Dreamgirls, the Bill Condon film based on the Broadway play and starring Beyonce Knowles and former Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson, was previewed last night in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and elsewhere. Overall, the film and Jennifer (pictured below) are garnering rave reviews.

Jennifer Hudson: Instant Superstar
According to Roger Freidman from Fox News:

"Last night, at the very first screening of the film, the invited audience cheered, laughed and applauded throughout the show. It’s not a leap to say that Dreamgirls will be a huge hit, an Oscar nominee and the de facto winner of the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical."

And, here's what he had to say about American Idol's Hudson, who plays the role of Effie, played famously by Jennifer Holliday on Broadway:

"And the movie introduces a megawatt talent in the form of Jennifer Hudson, a singer who lost out to Fantasia on American Idol and now will likely be giving acceptance speeches for months to come... But the highlight of the endeavor is Hudson, playing the part of Effie White, which Jennifer Holliday made famous on Broadway. That’s not just because Effie gets to sing the two best songs in the show.

But you can’t change the fact that when Hudson launches into 'And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,' all hope is lost for any actor who wants to come close to her in this movie or any other this year. The song is sensational, the presentation is dynamic, but the performer is simply stellar, bar none."

Here's the opinion of Tom Derby from The Los Angeles Times:

"... Nothing tops Jennifer Hudson. She not only owns this movie, she rides it like a rocket to instant superstardom. For months, Dreamgirls fans have been beset with worry, wondering: Can Jennifer really nail "And I Am Telling You"? If she doesn't, the whole show falls apart.

The result is so good that DreamWorks now facess a strange problem: Should they bump Hudson up to the lead actress race or keep her in supporting? Frankly, this movie belongs to her. She should be in lead, but let's be realistic. If the former American Idol star goes up against Helen Mirren at the Oscars, she'll get clobbered. However, if only she'll just stay put in supporting, we can declare that race won, wrapped up and ready for the history books. No other divas need apply."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


everybody knows that Beyonce has 9 grammys and that she is already a star, everyone knows i can sing and she said that she wishes that she couldve gained 20 pounds to play Effie. The only thing is....her ass cant act!!!!!! i think the fact that she mentioned it in an interview was stupid. Never let em see you sweat. She definitely confirmed the rumors with that comment. It screams jealousy.


I was totally speechless when I saw Jennifer's performance in Dreamgirls. But the thing that I love most about her is that she seems so appreciate of her success. Not many young people realize how fortunate they are, but she definitely deserves it.


My sisters and I saw "Dreamgirls" last night
in Jennifer's hometown - CHICAGO. It was so AWESOME we
saw the movie twice. Jennifer shone like a
1000 carat diamond in the sky! Jennifer Hudson
made Effie White come alive and find a place
in our hearts!!! The casting people did SUPERB
JOB in casting for this movie. "DREAMGIRLS"
should clean up at the OSCARS and Jennifer
Hudson is sure to bring home the OSCAR.


I just saw the movie last night with my cousins. I am a huge Beyonce fan, but I must admit that the star of this movie was Jennifer Hudson. Her voice is so powerful. The audience actually stood up and cheered after her "Your Gonna Love Me" performance. She is simply amazing


Jennifer Hudson was AMAZING!!I am still speechless.I don't think I've ever seen anything like her performance!She deserves 10 Oscars!


I saw the screening in L.A. yesterday on 12/7/06 at The Bridge theatres, and Jennifer Hudson blew everyone away! The screening was packed and I was stuck in the front row, but I can't complain... I saw a GREAT movie that Jennifer Hudson owned! If there were stock in Jennifer Hudson, I'd put all of my money on her! This movie is a MUST SEE! I'm going to watch it again when it comes out just so I get a better view than the front row!


I can not WAIT to see this movie... I was a huge fan of Jennifer Hudson when she was first on Idol, and I'm pleased to see how many of the Idol finalists ended up with careers on Broadway as a result of the show. I just know that Jennifer is going to be brilliant in this movie.


I just love JHud...I can't wait for this movie to come out!