This may be the best "feel bad" movie you will ever see. It is fierce, dark, relentlessly raw.
4**** IMO but would I recommend it? I don't think so. This is the kind of film that one has to decide for themselves that they want to see it. One reviewer said that it was "poverty porn" and for the first half of the movie, I tended to agree. But the movie is better than that. But it never lets you forget that we are, for a great part what we are born into. Yes, many rise above it but most don't. Even at the end of the movie I wondered if Precious would make it beyond the next few years.
As far as acting. Mo'Nique, in the role of Precious' mother is the best acting I have seen in
a long long time. She let herself get down, low and dirty and put in a marvelous performance.
Best Supporting Actress by a long shot IMO.