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November 27, 2009 1:44 AM

Commentary: The problem with criticism of 'Precious'

Not everyone is singing hosannas. Indeed, though it is — maybe because it is — among the most critically-acclaimed movies of the year,

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

, has inspired a fierce backlash. But there is more to this movie than meets the eye.

Precious

is an ode to refusing to die. She is a girl struggling to live an unlivable life. She is that invisible girl, the one we decline to see because she doesn't look like Halle, enunciate like Condi, inspire like Oprah, doesn't ratify our faith in the inevitability of happy endings.

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