Joyful Noise Reviews

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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.

Film4
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
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
Guardian
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
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2012
"Joyful Noise" is a sort of Wal-Mart movie, not exactly trendsetting but a decent enough offering for the heartland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
January 16, 2012
Sort of a homespun 'Glee' for audiences with walks of faith, 'Joyful Noise' is truly that, featuring a soundtrack that's infectious. And believe it or not, this gospel-tinged musical covers almost all genres, from Paul McCartney to Kirk Franklin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
January 16, 2012
The films strongest scenes take place when everyone gathers and lifts their voices. The songs here are powerful. Gospel fans will enjoy hearing not only Latifah and Parton but Gospel legends Kirk Franklin and Karen Peck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
January 16, 2012
A modern parable that's fun for the whole family with an uplifting message about the power of cooperation. Can I get an Amen?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 15, 2012
You'll find yourself rolling your eyes, but you'll have more fun if you try to roll them in time with the rollicking numbers.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
January 15, 2012
It's a busy, somewhat overstuffed and frequently predictable script but it incorporates a number of serious, affecting moments as well as some enjoyably quirky humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 13, 2012
Graff smears an over-the-top theatricality on "Joyful Noise." It's so corny that it turns out to be, well, halfway silly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
January 13, 2012
The real problem with Joyful Noise is that it straddles the fence between musical parody and exploitative dramedy. Had Graff and his team just completely given into the comic goofiness of it all, the movie would have been something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 13, 2012
An overstuffed plot about winning a national church choir competition is nothing more than Gospel Glee. Yet assembles gifted, mostly youthful voices singing praises to God, and not in the old, rugged cross kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 13, 2012
Much worse things could happen to a movie than to have these two full-figured gals hold forth. Parton's willing and able to despense the Southernisms. Latifah's fierce when she needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2012
My, is there corn. But you'd have to be holding on very tightly to a bad mood to walk away from this meal with a frown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 13, 2012
Whenever the characters open their mouths to sing, "Joyful Noise" rocks and swings with spirit to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 13, 2012
Despite some mawkish dialogue, there's something to be said for leaving the theater with a smile. Can I get an amen?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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