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
Since I sort of liked Step Up 2: The Streets, I'm not surprised I sort of liked the remake of Fame.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
At 90 minutes, cramming in four years of hopes and dreams at the fabled New York City High School of Performing Arts feels like one long music video rather than a movie.
—Pete Paras E!
...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
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
—Lou Lumenick New York Post