(2007)

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Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Movie magic.
100
A great big sloppy kiss of entertainment for audiences weary of explosions, CGI effects and sequels, sequels, sequels.
100
The best and most entertaining movie adaptation of a stage musical so far this century - and yes, I'm including the Oscar-winning "Chicago."
91
A fizzy and delirious high-camp message-movie musical that may just turn out to be the happiest movie of the summer.
88
It's hard to resist the film's exuberance.
88
A rocking, rollicking crowd-pleaser.
88
Just plain fun. Or maybe not so plain. There's a lot of craft and slyness lurking beneath the circa-1960s goofiness.
88
If you look fast, you'll see Waters himself in a cameo (as a flasher; what else?), proof the new film is in touch with its dyed roots.
75
John Travolta may stand out as a plus-size laundress who is hesitant, drab and retiring, but Hairspray is a consistently flashy, rousing and rambunctious movie spectacle.
70
In the musical numbers, where by rights Mr. Travolta should shine, he's almost out-danced and certainly out-charmed by Edna's better half, Wilbur (Christopher Walken), who is one of the movie's great assets, an oasis of calm amid the twisting and shouting.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
John Travolta takes on John Waters in Hairspray, and the result is anything but a drag in this appealingly goofy, all-singing, all-dancing screen adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 film.

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