Joyful Noise Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I did, however, enjoy when Kris Kristofferson comes back from the dead to sing a duet with Dolly.
David Keyes
August 9, 2013
Noise it is, joyful it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 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 | Original Score: 1/5
March 4, 2013
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.

July 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2012
Disarmingly heart-warming in its musical prowess and lazy in its storytelling development, hoping that the former - plus the big names - will attract a large enough crowd to keep it buoyant at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

This is London
June 29, 2012
Even numbers by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson take on a religious note. Not much of a God-given screenplay, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 29, 2012
Corny and contrived, this provides both leading ladies with sweet ballads and tart one-liners and at least they resisted the temptation to set it all at Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 29, 2012
Larger than life and twice as loud, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton trade snappy one-liners and spirited musical numbers in Joyful Noise, an enjoyably corny musical comedy about a gospel choir seeking to uplift a depressed Southern town.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
June 28, 2012
In the end, it's impossible to resist the film's exuberant high spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
June 28, 2012
Todd Graff's film sags badly in the middle and is clunky with social context (recession, Asperger's), but there's enough good heart to see you through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
June 28, 2012
Actor-turned-director Todd Graff actually knows what he's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bethany Rutter
Little White Lies
June 28, 2012
As manufactured, saccharine and unsubtle as Parton, but who's to mess with a winning formula?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Guy Lodge
Time Out
June 27, 2012
[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
June 27, 2012
It's let down by a meandering, unfocussed script, some poor direction and a handful of missed opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
June 26, 2012
Only when the script takes a back seat to song does the the film live up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 26, 2012
Overlong and mind-numbingly generic, Joyful Noise promises home-cooked charm but leaves a taste worse than day-old grits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Owen Nicholls
Total Film
June 22, 2012
Hard as it tries to be harmless feel-good fodder, its notion that one character's Asperger's can be cured by a hearty sing-song makes it a more offensive musical than Team America ever dared.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 21, 2012
If only writer-director Graff had injected the film with half as much earthy energy as he puts into the terrific musical numbers. And let the cast out of the box.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 30, 2012
A movie about a gospel music competition should be fun and inspiring; Joyful Noise is lumbering and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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