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The film adaptation of the 2005 Broadway show hits movie theatres December 25.

Cast of The Color Purple Photo Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

The screen version of Broadway's The Color Purple isn't in movie theatres until December 25, but reviews are starting to roll out. See what critics are saying about the upcoming release below.

The film is led on screen by Broadway Color Purple alums Fantasia Barrino as Celie and Danielle Brooks as Sofia, along with Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, Tony nominee Colman Domingo as Mister, Broadway The Lion King alum Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie, Grammy winners Jon Batiste as Grady and Ciara as Adult Nettie, Tony winner David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Aunjanue Ellis as Celie and Nettie's mother, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, Louis Gossett, Jr. as Ol' Mister, Tamela Mann as First Lady, Deon Cole as Alfonso, Stephen Hill as Buster, Terrence J. Smith as Adam, Tiffany Elle Burgess as Olivia, and Aba Arthur as Abena.

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Read the reviews below.

Above the Line (J. Dod Birnam)

AV Club (Murtada Elfadl)

AwardsRadar (Joey Magidson)

AwardsWatch (Daniel Bayer)

AZ Central (Meredith G. White)

Backlot Magazine (Ridge Harripersad)

BBC (Caryn James)

BlackGirlNerds (Jamie Broadnax)

Business Insider (Kirsten Acuna)

Collider (Ross Bonaime)

The Cosmic Circus (Ayla Ruby)

The Daily Beast (Coleman Spilde)

Datebook (Carla Meyer)

Deadline (Pete Hammond)

Elements of Madness (Gabe Lapalombella)

Entertainment Weekly (Maureen Lee Lenker)

Exclaim (Courtney Small)

FandomWire (Joshua Ryan)

The Globe and Mail (Barry Hertz)

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)

IndieWire (Kate Erbland)

Looper (Dominic Griffin)

Mama's Geeky (Tessa Smith)

MovieFone (Jami Philbrick)

Newsday (Rafer Guzmán)*

The News-Herald (Mark Meszoros)

The New York Times (Alissa Wilkinson)*

NPR (Aisha Harris)

Paste (Jesse Hassenger) (Peyton Robinson)

ScreenDaily (Tim Grierson)

Screen Rant (Patrice Witherspoon)

The Seattle Times (Moira Macdonald)*

Slant (Keith Uhlich)

SlashFilm (Josh Spiegel)

The Spool (B.L. Panther)

StarTribune (Chris Hewitt)

The Telegraph (Robbie Collin)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

UPI (Fred Topel)

USA Today (Brian Truitt)

Vanity Fair (Richard Lawson)

Variety (Peter Debruge)

The Washington Post (Pat Padua)*

We Live Entertainment (Aaron Neuwirth)

The Wrap (Carla Renata)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

READ: Danielle Brooks Wants Broadway to Be For Everyone, On Stage and Off

Blitz Bazawule, who co-helmed Beyoncé’s visual album Black Is King, directs, with Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Sanders, and Steven Spielberg serving as producers. Marcus Gardley penned the screenplay, adapted from Marsha Norman’s stage book and Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray’s score. The stage musical was adapted from Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer-winning novel and its 1985 film adaptation.

The Color Purple debuted on Broadway in 2005, winning original Celie, LaChanze, a Tony Award for her performance. A 2015 revival helmed by John Doyle earned its Celie, Cynthia Erivo, a Tony Award before propelling her to Hollywood stardom. Brooks co-starred with Erivo as Sophia, the role she reprises in the upcoming movie musical.

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