18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
no i'm not a mariah fan and the reason i went to this movie is to get a laugh at mariah after reading the bad reviews from critics but i changed my mind after watching the movie .i really feel sorry for mariah .she's a great actress for her first try i'm sure she'll get some roles in the future.the songs are not that bad maybe it will grow on me more if i see it again.the movie is fun i liked it and her two best firends were hilarious and cool especially louise.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2007
I assure you that this movie is not the worst thing ever created on film like people tried to make it out to be. If Mariah didn't have a meltdown and 9/11 didn't happen then I honestly believe that this movie would have been a moderate success. Not a blockbuster or Oscar contender but enjoyable. The script in this movie sucked. Mariah had her few moments when she showed she could act but I admit there are quite more than a few flaws to this movie. I grew up in the 80's so I could identify where Glitter was trying to take us. The younger generation (preteens-teens) might not understand the 80's as well as thirty-somethings would. After all the flaws of Glitter I do accept it for what it is, a story of a young talented lady trying to make it in the music biz and getting pulled into several different directions at the same time. And yes the the soundtrack is so cool and Mariah still sings her heart out in this one. I mean come on how could anyone not identify with the song "Reflections"? Please give this movie a chance and buy the soundtrack too.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2002
The movie was never released to cinemas in my country and even being the huge Mariah Carey fan that I am, after reading all the horrible reviews that it got - I was beginning to think that acting shouldn't be Mariah's forte. .. WRONG!!! Just because the media had a field day about it doesn't mean the movie was that bad. In fact, the opposite is correct, the movie was wonderful and Carey is anything but bad in it. The idea of having the 80s theme and the soundtrack to go along with it turned out to be fantastic. The songs, the club scenes, the clothes - they all contribute to having the movie look just as if it was done in the 80s. True, the plot wasn't based on a Stephen King story. But it is so much better than half of the summer movies I've seen in the past couple of years. Mariah is a singer and she excels in playing one (Billie Frank). The rest of the crew did a great job as well. Da Brat & Tia Texada (Playing Billie's childhood friends) mostly helped the funny part of the film, Max Beesley (as Billie's love interest) - the romantic/dramatic part and even gorgeous Eric Benet with a cameo appearance did a fairly nice job. All in all, the movie is short, fun and even has a surprising ending! The music that goes along with it is an extremely big part of it and I feel bad for the reporters who dislike Carey's music and for that chose to dismiss the whole movie. I suggest you give "Glitter" a try and ignore the joke that was made out of it, because it is honestly much better. One last advice, Don't back down Mariah, you have what it takes!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Despite it's bad rap given by the critics audiencesit's low box-office potential, and most notably, it's release date (9/11/01), "Glitter" brings life and vivid color to an otherwise dull and contrived plot, helped by pop queen Mariah Carey.
As it is, the story is based on a rags-to-riches story about an aspiring diva in the '80s (Carey), which is marred by obstacles and contrived subplots. There's enough bad acting and scripting to give this movie 1 star, but Carey plays out her character with confidence and simple, infectious charm.
Fans of Mariah will be well-pleased and impartial, nondemanding people who rent this on VHS/DVD will be surprised on how simple the plot is, helped by Mariah's beauty and her maturing acting ability. Give "Glitter" a look, it's not as bad as the others say it is.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2001
I saw Glitter on the opening night and I will admit it was not a packed house (Okay, there were eight people). Yet that did not stop me from enjoying the film. I have never been a big Mariah fan, yet somehow I thought this film might work because even if I don't always like Mariah's music, she does put in a lot of effort into her work , and it shows in Glitter. The film was unfairly trashed by critics who just figured Mariah was another pop star trying to break into movies. Well, she is, but Mariah does have charisma, and if anything good comes out of this film, directors will notice that Mariah has the ability to be a good comedic actress. She's very appealing as Billie, a young singer who rises to stardom in the 80s, and who tries to cope with both her professional and personal lives. Mariah may not always score in the dramatic scenes, but she has a charming quality that carries the picture nonetheless, particularly in her scenes with Max Beesly, who plays her boyfriend. Glitter is not perfect; it's episodic, the music is okay and the climactic scenes
(involving a dramatic concert finale) are not believeable (you'll know what I mean when you see it), yet it is still enjoyable. The film works best when it is poking fun at the 80s and at the
superficial nature of the music business (since Mariah is the star and helped oversee the project, this heightens the comedy and thus, makes it realistic), it's only too bad the film didn't concentrate more on the satire element rather than the romance.
Glitter may not sparkle, but it does have its' bright spots.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
i am one of those who loved it and if you hated it i respect that cause everybody has different taste and to the reviewer from newyork get lost cause i think it's stupid of you to think that one of the best selling artists has only 12 fans she has over millions of fans who love her and nobody can't take that away from her.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2004
Band geeks of the world rejoice! You ARE capable of the art of seduction! "Glitter" proves that it is possible to get a woman into bed by playing a MARIMBA!!! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!
All kidding aside, this is your basic boy-meets-girl movie. Except it stinks. It stinks A LOT. Mariah's character is named Billie, which I suppose is meant to remind us of Billie Holiday, but fat chance. Last I heard, Billie Holiday didn't have an irritating pig-squealing voice and simpering facial expressions that made me want to hit her with a bat. There is no sympathy to be had for any of these characters or their boo-hoo hard luck stories. Hey "Billie" -- here's a tip: maybe a boyfriend who sulks all the time and wears nothing but black and calls your beloved friends things like "roach bag" isn't much of a boyfriend after all. His getting shot was probably a blessing. Oops! I threw in a little spoiler there. But hey, I will spoil the whole movie for you if it will stop you from watching it, because I care about humanity.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2003
It's kind of ironic that "The Bodyguard" was a box-office hit while "Glitter" was a box-office bomb. Whitney Houston's acting was even more wooden than Mariah Carey's, and comparatively, the story was less believable. And the music in "Bodyguard" was worse.
"Glitter's" story is actually pretty good, if a bit tired. Mariah Carey plays Billie Frank, a beautiful young woman who faces down hard times and despair to become a national singing success in mid-1980's New York. The camera work and pacing is actually pretty good; the movie doesn't drag along excessively. Great performances by Da Brat (who knew!) and Tia Texada as Billie's backup singers and girlfriends keep it real, and Max Beesley puts in a decent performance as Billie's manager / love interest, Dice.
The biggest problem with "Glitter," I think, is that it's Mariah Carey in a starring role. She's trying hard, to be sure, but she's not leading lady material. I think that people love to hate her because of her bigger than life marketing and those sappy songs. That would be a good reason, I guess. (Note to Jennifer Lopez: BEWARE!). It's hard to believe that she could take herself seriously although if you compare what she's made musically to what Elton John or Cher has turned out in the past ten or so years, she's a little less campy by comparison.
There are some funny parts in "Glitter", especially the video shoot and the time she thinks she found her estranged mother and it turns out to be a junkie, but it's sappy and a little contrived and yet strangely earnest. The Muppets probably would done this a little better (Miss Piggy as Billie Frank! Awesome!)...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2002
I'm surprised so many people on here are giving "Glitter" rave reviews, given its rank in the Bottom 100 Worst Movies Ever on the IMDB. (I'm guessing a lot of these folks are Mariah music fans, which I am admittedly not.) I'd put it somewhere in the middle. There are "good" bad movies (i.e. "Showgirls") and "bad" bad movies; "Glitter" falls into the second camp. While Mariah turns out to be a surprisingly good actress -- she certainly puts Madonna to shame, much as I hate to say it -- this film never manages to transcend into being anything other than utterly banal. Indeed, her acting skills are the only reason I'm not giving it a one-star rating. The rags-to-riches story is as trite as it gets, and the ending is predictable within the first five minutes. None of the characters are particularly interesting, and I didn't buy Max Beesley's "New Yawk" accent for even the briefest second (he plays Dice, the Love Interest, but is British in real life). While it's not in the Worst Movie Ever Made category, "Glitter" has few redeeming qualities.
Then there's the small matter of period detail, which is nearly 100% off-base. The film is (inexplicably) set in the big-hair, big-shoulders, skinny-tie era of 1983-1984, yet the characters' fashions and hairstyles look like they're fresh off the new-millennium catwalk. Aside from Mariah's cover of Robert Palmer's "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" -- which in the film is, in an amusingly ironic turn, supposed to be her character Billie's big debut single -- the music is late 1990s-style, not early 1980s. Even the film's restaurants don't jibe; Asian-French fusion cuisine (consumed on Billie and Dice's first "date") didn't exist even in New York nearly 20 years ago. But I'm harping here.
I'd recommend this movie only if you're a big Mariah fan and only if sappy, predictable, tragedy-laced love stories are your cup of tea.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2003
First, I need to justify the reason why I rented this film: I simply wanted to have a good laugh, because I knew it had won a lot of Golden Raspberries, and there's Mariah Carey in it, so it had to be really awful.
Awful it was. We follow the very ordinary and pathetic path of a young woman who suddenly becomes a superstar. Wow! How original! I heard that even though Mariah is playing a fictional character, the story is inspired by Mariah's career. I guess she just added some semi-dramatic (as we are trying not to laugh when something bad happens to her) elements in the story to make it an even bigger cliche collection.
There are no SO ridiculous or absurd parts in this film, because it stays very simple (and I don't think anyone from this film has the IQ to go for something more complex), but it really simply sucks. There are many scenes where the director clumsily put occasions for Mariah to show her supposedly amazing voice. I guess that gave Mariah a reason to release a new album and make more money (and also get fired from her label HA HA!). When you get to the rolling credits, you just can't understand how the film could last one hour and forty minutes and leave you with the impression that you slept for one hour and forty minutes, even if you didn't. This film is empty. Period.
With some awful acting from Mariah Carey, who should first: stop acting and second: stop singing, you are left with the impossible belief that they took her as the lead actress. She never sounds natural, she will get on your nerves with her shallow acting when she tries to demonstrate feelings other than simply smiling like an idiot like she does all the time on MTV. I know that may sound very mean, but it really leaves you that impression, especially if you don't really like pop music/movies. As an actress, she has no charisma, physically (I really don't think this woman is attractive at all) and she simply doesn't have a believable enough psychological aspect in her character to mention it. She is not the only bad actress in Glitter, there's also the boyfriend. He's not EXTREMELY bad, but noticeably. The mother is also pretty awful, and the black guy that is some kind of "gangster" is one of the worst.
The directing is conventional, it has nothing special, nothing good, nothing bad, except for the fact that it gives a product entitled "Glitter". That's all I had to say for the directing.
Overall, "Glitter" is, without being the worst thing I've seen in my life, a very pathetic piece of cinema and a very meaningful failure for Mariah Carey. Shallow, narcissistic, cliche, stupidly dramatic, badly acted, with average directing, "Glitter" is, in the purest meaning of the word, a WASTE of time.
It didn't glitter that much on the Box-Office, didn't it Mariah? I give it 1/10.