• PG-13, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Graff
    In Theaters:
    Jan 13, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Joyful Noise Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Noise it is, joyful it is not.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 1/4

August 9, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

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 Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 1/5

March 14, 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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 2013

Film4

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

July 4, 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 Source: Real.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 29, 2012

This is London

Even numbers by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson take on a religious note. Not much of a God-given screenplay, however.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

June 29, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

June 29, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

June 29, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

In the end, it's impossible to resist the film's exuberant high spirits.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2012
Catherine Shoard
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Actor-turned-director Todd Graff actually knows what he's doing.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2012
Bethany Rutter
Little White Lies

As manufactured, saccharine and unsubtle as Parton, but who's to mess with a winning formula?

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

June 28, 2012
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 27, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

It's let down by a meandering, unfocussed script, some poor direction and a handful of missed opportunities.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Only when the script takes a back seat to song does the the film live up to its title.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Overlong and mind-numbingly generic, Joyful Noise promises home-cooked charm but leaves a taste worse than day-old grits.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

June 26, 2012
Owen Nicholls
Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film

June 22, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2012
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A movie about a gospel music competition should be fun and inspiring; Joyful Noise is lumbering and dull.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 30, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...painfully clichéd, its humor almost nonexistent, its sentimental 'ahhh' moments forced. Its music is the only thing to keep it afloat, and I didn't find it enough.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

April 29, 2012
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