(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.


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Dec 27, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

As a rule I tend to avoid anything that causes Oprah Winfrey to do backflips; be it a book, a person, or in the case of Precious, a movie. With this in mind I entered the theatre with very few expectations and was therfore neither surprised nor disappointed. Sixteen, pathologically obese, and carrying her father’s second child, Claireece “Precious” Jones is an inner city Cinderella whose prince is never going to come. Brutalized by her mother and on the verge of dropping out of school she finds what comfort she can in a series of vivid daydreams. Fortunately her principal recognizes her potential and enrolls her in an alternative classroom run by a highly motivated woman who refuses to accept failure in her students. With the help of her new teacher and an incisive social worker can Precious rise above her personal circumstances and become the strong independent woman she dreams of? There is much to like in Lee Daniels’ film; from the occasional flashes of humour to the crisp camerawork that moves easily from images of crushing squalor to the kinetic energy of Precious’ fantasies. In one painfully effective scene she’s lying helplessly on her back while her father rapes her when the ceiling suddenly bursts open to reveal a brightly lit stage upon which a coiffed and immaculately dressed Precious laughs and mugs before a mob of adoring paparazzi. Unfortunately Daniels weighs it down with every ghetto cliché he can think of while the accompanying musical score goes from weakly ironic to glaringly ostentatious. With happy white stereotypes on the television and a distinct lack of positive male characters (a few brief scenes involving a male nurse just don’t cut it) the entire production comes across as stilted and deliberately biased. The only thing that keeps it from becoming a conventional “soap oprah” is the phenomenal performances from all involved. I generally avoid the Oscars like a plague, but I predict we will see Gabourey Sidibe receive a best actress nomination for her portrayal of Precious, and Mo’Nique is almost a shoo-in for supporting actress as the mother. Destined to be a powerful and eye-opening experience for anyone who doesn’t get out to movies much.

Jul 20, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Whatever the political agendas of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are for this movie,i don't like it and don't respect it.This movie is probably Oprah's justification for why she is the sellout she is today period.Yes it is well acted (especially by Monique) but i feel like it really throws poor black people in real life that's been in poverty all of their lives under the bus.This really makes poor black people in real life look worse than they already are period.It's time for poor black people in real life to catch a break so to speak,not more insults to their injuries.What this film should have accomplished but clearly didn't is the encouragement and eventual reality of black people of all backgrounds coming together and loving one another worldwide period,but i digress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 02, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

from all aspects this is a horrifically tragic story ... I really did not see the uplifting part of this situation.

Jul 31, 2013
  • SusannahElf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this movie moving and inspiring. The rape scenes were not as disturbing as in the book . I was glad of that because it would have made the horrific parts of Precious' life so hard to watch that you wouldn't be able to stay present to see her amazing coping skills and her strength in finding her voice through writing. As an educator, I took heart from this story of how anybody, no matter what has happened to them or what they've been told about themselves, is able to get to a better place with the help of a little attention and care.

Jul 23, 2013
  • MattPellerin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

NOT for those with weak stomachs to child abuse.

Given that, the movie is exceptionally powerful and you immediately feel attached to the main character, ready to fight for her if necessary. This is a very emotional movie that will most certainly leave any person with a heart more than touched.

If you can handle very emotional scenes and scenes of varying degrees of childhood, you will without a doubt find this one of your favorite movies.

Mar 02, 2013
  • annanina rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

It is very "Oprah" movie (just as the book is). The method is called "shock and shlock" - shock the reader/viewer in the first 1/2 hour, get the emotions high, and then show "good people" from the Oprah reality.

Feb 04, 2013
  • happyboboday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

they said the movie is not as hard cord as the book.. i hate to read the book Push!!!-- because this movie was very hard to watch .... this moive should had been x-rated... i realy hated the part when her dad rape her and they show it!!! no children under age 21 should watch this....but it is a very good moive but traumatizing!!

I was 11 years old when I first viewed this movie such an amazing movie my family watched it with me one time and I've watched it countless times I can't get enough of it

Aug 27, 2012
  • theresaannalee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While the story was captivating, touching, and full of drama, this is not something that I could watch again. I have a strong stomach, but Precious was extremely unnerving to me. I have to wonder how this movie did in DVD sales because I can't imagine one day just saying, "Hmm. I feel like watching Precious!" The one thing that really made it so extremely horrifying for me is the fact that it rings with truth and elements of true stories all over the world and even in our society. I would recommend Precious to others, mainly for the message.

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Jul 28, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Domestic abuse

Jul 28, 2012
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May 18, 2011
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Jul 23, 2013
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Jul 28, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Love ain't done nothing for me... but beat me... rape me... call me an animal! Make me feel worthless! Make me sick!" -Precious


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