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In 'Precious,' Quite Possibly the Most Abusive Upbringing in Motion Picture Historynew

While there are certainly things about Precious one can’t help but admire, I’m not so sure about the picture overall. I don’t quite see, for example, the point of conjuring this vision of a girl in hell; of creating a character just to put her through it.
Seven Days  |  Rick Kisonak  |  12-18-2009  |  Reviews

'Precious': Who Wants Some Oprah-Approved Ghetto Tourism?new

Sexual abuse and incest are realities, and there's no reason why art shouldn't confront them. But when pop culture addresses them (and Precious, with its against-all-odds cheerleading and music-video casting, is very much a pop-culture commodity), the results deserve scrutiny.
The Portland Mercury  |  Alison Hallett  |  11-19-2009  |  Reviews

Lee Daniles Turns an Inner-City Literary Legend into an Act of Global Warmingnew

Daniels exudes confidence when talking about his latest film, Precious. It's as if he knows this story about an obese, ugly, dark-skinned teenage girl from the ghetto -- whose father repeatedly rapes her -- is going to impact the lives of millions.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Monica Peters  |  11-16-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Sundance Sensation 'Precious' Brings Hope to a Girl Utterly Lacking Anynew

The book and its attendant film are drawing extensive comparisons to the classic novel and movie of The Color Purple; besides sharing the subject matter of African-American women learning to stand up for their dignity and self-worth, they both feature what should be career-making performances from heretofore unknown or disregarded actresses.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Carl Kozlowski  |  11-16-2009  |  Reviews

Grim 'Precious' Treasures Passionate Actressesnew

Oprah's film has enough sorrow for several Greek tragedies.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  11-10-2009  |  Reviews

'Precious': The Sad Education of Precious Jonesnew

Hothouse melodrama one moment, kitchen-sink (and frying-pan-to-the-head) realism the next, with eruptions of incongruous slapstick throughout, this may be Lee Daniels' stab at finding a cinematic analog for the novel's inventive, naïf-art language -- a film style, like Precious' writing, seemingly being made up as it goes along.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  11-09-2009  |  Reviews

'Precious' is an Urban Drama Pressure-Cooker Steeped in Verite Realism

The intrinsic truth in this unforgettable drama outweighs any exploitation or politics that might attend such material. If you're looking for a gritty socially-conscious movie, this is it.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  11-02-2009  |  Reviews

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