...a potent and moving experience...
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...a great American film that somehow finds an authentic way to move from these beginnings to an inspiring ending.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Rarely does a movie live up to its advance hype. Precious does.
—Leah Rozen People
...packs a wallop.
—Scott Foundas Village Voice
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire is an ungainly title for a powerfully ungainly movie.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
...tunnels inside your head, leaves you moved like no film in years and then lifts you up in ways you don't see coming.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
It's not hard to understand why this film won the Grand Jury and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival. It's hard to be unmoved by Precious' determination. Despite its melodramatic moments, remarkable performances drive home the film's inspiring message.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...an impeccably acted piece of trash -- an exploitation film that shamelessly strokes its audience's sense of righteous indignation.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine