(II) (2009)

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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
Wall Street Journal
Genuinely and irresistibly inspirational.
100
A movie about an obese Harlem teenager who's raped by her father and abused by her mother. It's depressing, devastating, harrowing and repulsive. But there are lyric flights of hope interspersed among that raw naturalism, and that's what makes this movie amazing.
100
A great American film.
100
Qualifies as the most painful, poetic and improbably beautiful film of the year.
90
Nothing quite prepares you for the rough-cut diamond that is Precious. A rare blend of pure entertainment and dark social commentary, this shockingly raw, surprisingly irreverent and absolutely unforgettable story.
90
Its story ends up packing an emotional wallop as substantial as its title character.
88
Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace.
80
The film's real strength is its cast, from an Oscar-bound Mo'Nique to a notably deglammed Mariah Carey.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
75
Despite its melodramatic moments, remarkable performances drive home the film's inspiring message.
75
You go to a Daniels movie not to be entertained, but edified. While not everyone goes to the movies for self-improvement, you will leave this one having witnessed phenomenal acting.

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