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  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2001 1 Jan

from Film Forum, 10/04/01

Even as worthwhile films started a promising season, a few collapsed just out of the starting gate.

In case you're curious about Glitter, that movie starring Mariah Carey, here are a few responses:

Michael Elliott: "Director Vondie Curtis-Hall (Gridlock'd) tries to distract the audience from realizing the vapidity of his film by using various cinematic tricks and camera effects but it's like gluing glitter on garbage. All he's done is bring attention to the garbage."Mary Draughton at Preview: "Glitter's flimsy plot will soon be forgotten. [The movie] tries to emphasize fame has its downside, [but it is] doubtful that star wannabes will be discouraged."The U.S. Catholic Conference: "Along with indistinguishable original songs, a pitiful narrative and contrived camera work … Hall's leading lady has no charisma to pull off the vanity vehicle."Movieguide: "Much of Glitter is silly, pretentious and corny, which had some people in the audience laughing. Carey is not well served by the obvious incompetence of the director and the screenwriter."

In other words, see something else.