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The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer (1980)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Pop singer Neil Diamond stars in this ill-begotten second remake of Al Jolson's seminal 1927 musical The Jazz Singer. The moth-eaten story concerns a cantor's son who desires success as a pop singer, despite the wishes of his imperious father. The film takes place in the present day with Yussel Rabinowitz (Neil Diamond) playing a young (though middle-aged looking) cantor performing at the synagogue of his father (Laurence Olivier). Yussel is married and has settled down to a life of religious

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Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

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Herbert Baker

Mar 15, 2000

LionsGate Entertainment

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (17) | DVD (11)

The most cautious soft-rock superstar movie debut you'll ever get to see.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Jazz Singer has so many things wrong with it that a review threatens to become a list.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Mr. Diamond, looking glum and seldom making eye contact with anyone, isn't enough of a focus for the outmoded story.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Richard Fleischer's direction is appropriately close-in and small, and Diamond himself, while no actor, proves to be a commandingly intense, brooding presence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Stick with Jolson's version via 1927. Or even the Danny Thomas take. Skip Neil.

February 17, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

The third and, one hopes, final remake of THE Jazz Singer is the least interesting attempt so far.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

painfully schmaltzy

February 7, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Diamond tries his best. Olivier over compensates, but the songs are classic.

January 8, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The roughest of Diamonds, this will only interest fans of the singer and those with a passion for poor pictures.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

An unintentional laff riot. Olivier is so over the top that it's mesmerizing.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

... 111 minutes is a lot to take for anyone but the most keen Diamond fans.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Jazz Singer

Cheesy as hell and probably the blue-print for every awful music biopic made ever since. I really enjoyed it! Neil Diamond isn't an artist I've ever listened to but I have to admit I was really taken by the songs, I'm even thinking of buying his greatest hits now. It's no masterpiece but it has that late 70's/early 80's charm that I love, so I really enjoyed it.
September 24, 2012
SirPant

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This was a pretty good movie. Some of the acting was really cheesy, but I thought it was entertaining enough.
July 30, 2010
irisheyes686

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Great for fans of the singer as i am but however this is a musical and i only like about two of them.
July 8, 2009
leekyle1968

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I had to watch this damn movie a bunch when I was a kid - NOTHING ELSE ON GODDAMN IT HBO!
September 20, 2007
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