Emmy and Golden Globe wins aside, "Glee" has become a storytelling nightmare, a perpetually overextended hodge-podge of inconsistent characters, tonally jarring mean-spiritedness and thematic dissonance. For every masterfully choreographed production number or cheeky mash-up, viewers have to suffer through whole segments of emotionally manipulative tripe or, even worse, segments starring Matthew Morrison. A streamlined, effective episode of "Glee" has become as rare as an episode of "True Blood" without toplessness (male or female). Read More...
Movie Review: 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'
"Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" runs roughly twice the length of your average episode of "Glee."
It features a couple dozen songs, performed by the show's 14 main high school characters.
It also has three main narrative threads featuring characters -- real people, actually -- we've never seen before.
Plumes of smoke gush from all parts of a vast stage.
Stroboscopic lighting effects make epileptics one disenfranchised group not welcomed into the "Glee" big tent.
There are interviews with countless "Glee" fans and confusing backstage conversations with the stars, who sometimes seem to be in character, but sometimes don't.
And it's still the least cluttered installment of "Glee" in nearly two years.