Joyful Noise (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Joyful Noise (2012)



Critic Consensus: Joyful Noise's musical numbers are solidly entertaining, and it benefits from Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton's sizable chemistry; unfortunately, they aren't enough to make up for the rest of the film.

Movie Info

The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.'s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi Rose's beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more heat between G.G. and Vi Rose. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for some language including a sexual reference)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Graff
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2012
Box Office: $30.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Queen Latifah
as Vi Rose Hill
Dolly Parton
as G.G. Sparrow
Keke Palmer
as Olivia Hill
Jeremy Jordan
as Randy Garrity
Dexter Darden
as Walter Hill
Courtney B. Vance
as Pastor Dale
Kirk Franklin
as Baylor Skykes
Andy Karl
as Caleb
Kris Kristofferson
as Bernard Sparrow
Jesse L. Martin
as Marcus Hill
Francis Jue
as Mr. Hsu
Roy Huang
as Justin
Judd Derek Lormand
as Officer Darrell Lino
Karen Peck and New R...
as "Mighty High" Solois...
Ivan Kelley Jr.
as Our Lady Of Perpetua...
David Dwyer
as Caleb's Dad
Stevie Ray Dallimore
as Restaurant Manager
Kevin Bulla
as Stage Manager
Ziah Colón
as Club Girl
Hajji Golightly
as Man At Table
Rana Kirkland
as Church Kitchen Patro...
Bruce Williamson
as Church Kitchen Patro...
Maurice Johnson
as Man With Cellphone
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Critic Reviews for Joyful Noise

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (40)

[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

I did, however, enjoy when Kris Kristofferson comes back from the dead to sing a duet with Dolly.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Noise it is, joyful it is not.

Full Review… | August 9, 2013

In what ends up as a nightmarish fusion of Glee and Sister Act 2, a mixed-race church choir makes a bid for glory by painfully "Christianising" scraps of once perfectly acceptable pop songs.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Daily Star

If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer clear. But then this film was never for you. It's for the spiritual year-round inhabitants of Dollywood.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013

If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer a million miles clear. But then this film was never for you.

Full Review… | July 4, 2012

Audience Reviews for Joyful Noise

"Joyful Noise was indeed joyful. I liked it. I thought it had an essence of Glee and Sister Act going for it. The movie had a lot of emotions going on in it. You had mourning, joy, silliness, humor, and a lot of the times, heartfelt scenes. I thought everyone did a great job. I couldn't believe the Queen put Ms. Dolly in a headlock. That was pretty funny. It's something to watch with the kids. I enjoyed the singing and the ribbing Dolly and the Queen gave each other. I would probably see this again."


Super Reviewer


Corny, sappy and predictable, but I expected that. Big payoff at the end, which I expected and enjoyed. The rest of the movie was average at best. Dolly Parton's face is quite comical....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Who would have ever said "man I wish Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah made a movie together"? Well, someone did and they did. This is a dramedy/musical. Story of a church choice trying to get their act together after a death in their church, while trying to win a choir competition. Parton and Larifah are obviously opposites and their characters reflect their real life persona's and they clash. While they glass Parton's grandson and Latifah's son start a romance, adding a good dynamic to the story. However the movie is filled with chiche's, a mix of good and odd musical choices, and cheesy performances. Definitely a chick flick, guys skip this one.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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