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How Good is Christina Aguilera's "Burlesque"?

New Generation raunchiness combines with old school seduction in the film "Burlesque," which opens in theaters Wednesday. 

Pop singing sensation Christina Aguilera joins forces with veteran sex symbol Cher to tell the story of a driven and passionate small-town girl who refuses to let adversity stand in the way of her dreams. Ali (Aguilera) takes a bus to Hollywood, determined to make it in show business, and comes across The Burlesque Lounge, where she is hired by club owner Tess (Cher). 

Of course, the question is: Is the film any good? Or even, like the now camp-classic "Showgirls," so bad it's good?

The Hollywood Reporter thinks so. The magazine gives "Burlesque" two thumbs up, explaining that unlike other recent musicals that "have felt a self-conscious need to dig for significance, whether it be artistic malaise ('Nine'), racial inequality ('Dreamgirls') or media manipulation ('Chicago'), 'Burlesque' stays aggressively on the surface, reveling in its artificiality."

But that same "skin-deep" approach is exactly what irks Variety magazine, which called the film an “overwrought, underwritten hootchy-kootchy tuner that desperately wants to be cabaret, but lacks the edge and historical context to pull it off.” Ouch!

Variety does point out that the movie delivers “enough to win over a midsize teen (and gay) following.”

Talk about tough love. Turns out even veteran actress Jane Fonda, who attended the "Burlesque"premiere, has an opinion. On her blog, she wrote that Cher “didn’t disappoint” and “the two opening numbers, hers and Christina’s, were [a] knockout!” However, she added, it would not surprise her if the critics rip the movie apart “for being too like an extended music video.”

So will you go check out Burlesque? 

We have a preview below for you to make up your mind.

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