Precious

Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.


Precious
This crowd-pleaseing arthouse drama tells the story of an overweight black teen, pregnant for the second time by her father. Although he is mostly absent, he has abused her physically since she was an infant, while her mother abuses her verbally and psychologically. Luckily this time around a kindly teacher and social worker take her under their wings and begin to offer her a different life... an opportunity that she grasps with both hands.

109 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence).
Drama, On the art circuit

Showtimes

Stop or I
Stop or I'll sit on you.

Credits

Cast
Gabourney Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Stephanie Andujar
Director
Lee Daniels
ScreenplayGeoffrey Fletcher, from the novel by Sapphire
MusicMario Grigorov
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
EditingJoe Klotz
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2009
Produced byLee Daniesl Entertainment, Smokeweed Entertainment Group

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageStrong and frequent
NudityMild scene of breastfeeding
SexSexual references refer to rape, therefor violent, quite strong
ViolenceOccasional, intense, disturbing, domestic violence and rape (implied).
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyMild
Drug abuseAlcohol and tobacco
CommentsPretty intense, disturbing, mature themes
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
4
Topics to talk about
5


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Munyaradzi Vomo quote iconHarrowing, but rewarding. A tear-jerker of note
20
Die Burger
Jeanne Calitz quote iconFliek ruk kyker se hart aan flarde
15
Cape Times
Betsy Sharkey quote iconOscar nominee batters the scenes
15
Box Office
Ray Greene quote iconStrong performances make for essential viewing.
13
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe film is a tribute to Sidibe's ability to engage our empathy. Her work is still another demonstration of the mystery of some actors, who evoke feelings in ways beyond words and techniques. She so completely creates the Precious character that you rather wonder if she's very much like her.
20
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconPrecious is a reminder that sometimes all it takes to make a great film is the courageous performance of an actor as a character whose story is compelling enough to consume two hours of screen time.
18
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconPrecious tunnels inside your head, leaves you moved like no film in years and then lifts you up in ways you don't see coming.
18
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconClearly not for all audiences, the film is a powerful statement about how people can persevere despite life stacking the odds against them.
16
Metacritic.com
36 critics
16
Rottentomatoes critics
198 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconPrecious is a grim yet ultimately triumphant film about abuse and inner-city life, largely bolstered by exceptional performances from its cast.
18

What the People say

Internet
11498 Netizens quote iconA work of art
15

Average .. 81%

16

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