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Modern Musical Movie Reviews: 
Best Modern Musical Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

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The next time you're in the mood for a modern musical movie, you can check out some reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and then try one of these top-rated musicals from their list.

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"Once" (2007)

Set in Dublin, the low budget "Once" uses music to tell the love story between a street musician Guy (Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant Girl (Marketa Irglova), who remain unnamed throughout the movie. With understated simplicity, this modern musical movie earns stellar reviews for the way it draws us in to the pair's unfolding relationship as their love is complicated by their feelings for and commitments to other people.
Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly wrote that before seeing "Once," he was not sure that he had "ever seen a small-scale, nonstylized, kitchen-sink drama in which the songs take on the majesty and devotion of a musical dream."

"Aladdin" (1992)

This Disney animated musical depicts the tale of "street rat" Aladdin's adventure to rise above his humble circumstances and win the heart of Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin). Aladdin (Scott Weinger) gets a little help from the Genie, voiced by the hilarious Robin Williams, as well as his monkey friend, Abu, and a flying carpet.

The highlight of this modern musical movie is the Genie, according to Roger Ebert's review. Ebert said, "Robin Williams and animation were born for one another, and in 'Aladdin' they finally meet."

"Hairspray" (2007)

A remake of the 1988 film by the same name, "Hairspray" is a fun musical about Baltimore teenagers on a local dance show in the 1960s. The dance show is for whites only except on the monthly Negro Day. When Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) learns new dance moves from some black students in detention, she is inspired to change the show's policy and work toward integration.

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In his review of this modern musical movie, Ebert said, "the point, however, is not the plot but the energy. Without somebody like Nikki Blonsky at the heart of the movie, it might fall flat, but everybody works at her level of happiness." 

"Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" (2002)

When villagers in India suffering under British rule find they cannot pay their tax, or lagaan, a cricket match is arranged by British Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) and villager Bhuvan (Aamir Khan). So goes the tale of Bombay-produced "Lagaan," a nearly four-hour musical extravaganza that pulls out all the stops.

The cricket match stakes are high: If a villager wins, there will be no taxes for three years. If a British person wins, the villagers will have to pay three times the regular tax payment. That the villagers have to learn how to play cricket and that two women compete for Bhuvan's heart add intrigue to the storyline.

Overall, "Lagaan" is "like nothing we've ever seen before, and yet completely familiar," according to Ebert. “[The movie] is a well-crafted, hugely entertaining epic that has the spice of a foreign culture."?

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