(II) (2009)

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79

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
It's a potent and moving experience, because by the end you feel you've witnessed nothing less than the birth of a soul.
100
A great American film.
88
Manages the task of being both heartbreaking and heart-warming.
80
Shot in the manner of a grueling horror picture, with jittery edits to half-remembered traumas and glistening close-ups on the faces of monsters.
80
As Precious, Sidibe is superb, allowing us to see the inner warmth and beauty of a young woman who, to her world's cruel eyes, might seem monstrous.
80
Variety
An urban nightmare with a surfeit of soul, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire is like a diamond -- clear, bright, but oh so hard.
70
Village Voice
Yet even when the movie is at its most schizoid, Precious still packs a wallop.
40
New York Magazine (Vulture)
The elements of Precious are powerful and shocking, but the movie is programmed. It is its own study guide.
40
What we have here is a fouled-up fairy tale of oppression and empowerment, and it’s hard not to be ensnared by its mixture of rank maleficence and easy reverie. The gap between being genuinely stirred and having your arm twisted, however, is narrower than we care to admit.
40
Given the months-long hype, what’s most bewildering about Sundance sensation Precious is its overall shrug-worthiness.

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