More Rave Reviews for Jennifer Hudson
This Variety review of the movie “Dreamgirls” starring Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson showed up in my mailbox and several places in comments. Read the glowing review Jennifer recieved from Variety critic, David Rooney:
The emotional intensity is immediately pushed several notches higher with Hudson’s raw, devastating delivery of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The anthem of proud desperation is forever linked to Jennifer Holliday’s defining original interpretation but Hudson makes it her own, singing it on a bare stage backed by mirrors in an explicit nod to Bennett.
An “American Idol” finalist without prior screen experience, Hudson comes fully-formed to film. It’s the kind of galvanizing perf that calls to mind debuts like Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl” or Bette Midler in “The Rose, ” with a voice like the young Aretha. More fully developed here than onstage, Effie is the fierce, wounded, pulsating heart of the movie. Her big song and second explosive number “I Am Changing” both elicit audience cheers and applause.