Those of us (almost) old enough to remember the original Fame have been wondering why this movie warranted a remake. The answer for most critics, it seems, is "It didn't."
"Because Fame trades in creativity and artistic stimulation, the left-brain functions of an ordinary screenplay — plot, character development — take a back seat to the high-powered singing and high-energy dancing. But the talent on screen is so impressive, you don't really mind."
— Sean O'Connell, filmcritic.com
"The new Fame is a sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...tries to galvanize a new generation while offering a bland reboot of the recipe to anyone old enough to remember it."
— Brian Lowry, Variety
"Rated PG, it's almost laughably bland and watered-down in its desire to appeal to the widest possible audience. It won't succeed in that goal, but it has enough pizzazz to captivate undemanding tweeners."
— Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter