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Precious: Based On the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire

HD   R Closed Captioning

Lee Daniels

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About the Movie

"Precious" Jones (Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father's child - for the second time. She can't read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo'Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious's instincts tell her one thing: if she's ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 222
  • Fresh: 203
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: Precious ... [achieves] moments of haunting, devastating power, yet too often [lapses] into laughably ridiculous melodrama ... Precious is no easy ride. As far as harrowing films go, it makes The Road seem like The Wiz. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Oct 21, 2014

Fresh: It's a simple story, told well with some blinding performances. – Marc Fennell, Triple J, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The most amazing film of 2009

Precious was by far the most memorable and incredibly acted film of 2009. I saw many films in '09, but none with the intensity and raw passion of Precious. Monique showed an incredible range, and Gabourey Sidibe was truly genius. I went into this film with so-so expectations, and came away profoundly affected. I would recommend it to everybody, and hope everyone walks away realizing just how "precious" life is.

Quite possibly the most powerful film of 2009.

Each patron of this movie should be warned: this film is excruciating. Not because it was bad- far from it. The movie is so raw that the emotion is palpable, leaving the audience somber for the rest of the night.

Mo'Nique's characterization of Mary is truly monstrous- I had to keep reminding myself that, indeed, that is Mo'Nique- she is virtually unrecognizable not only through appearance but through her character. Without a stitch of make-up, she transforms into the full terrifying embodiment of hyper-abusive Mary Jones, yet with a twist- she is possibly the most sympathetic character in the film, delivering an absolutely heart-breaking monologue at the end of the film, sending the audience into a state of sheer confusion: is Mary Jones truly a villain, or is she a victim? She is truly the best character in the entire movie, and I would argue the best character of the year. She rightly deserves all awards and recognition for this role.

Fans will even forgive Mariah Carey for "Glitter"- her performance is succinct yet incredibly effective. Equally impressive is newcomer Gabourney Sidibe as the title character; although she will have a difficult time at this year's Oscars, audiences will most certainly want to see more of her in upcoming films.

On the whole, "Precious" is rough, yet it cannot be forgotten as the most powerful film of 2009.


This movie is hard to watch. But, if you can get past the first 30 minutes, you'll bear witness to the most villainous character since "Nurse Ratched" in 'Cuckoos Nest. Mo'nique's character is monstrous. She makes Hannibal Lecter look like a girl scout.

For a short time, I felt personal hatred for Mo'nique. I couldn't separate the character from the actor. Her performance was THAT good. Do yourself a favor, get the movie and scare the hell out of your unruly children.

Precious: Based On the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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