[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...
| Original Score: 3/5
"Joyful Noise" is a sort of Wal-Mart movie, not exactly trendsetting but a decent enough offering for the heartland.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Has the good fortune of being acted with enthusiasm by a very appealing cast, or else it would be completely unbearable instead of just mundane.
| Original Score: C-
This movie is a cloying, over-the-top, cheesy sing-a-long that makes "Glee" seem subtle.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
[It] bears almost all the liabilities one gets from current studio product, including bloating.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Lots of talented young singers decorate the scenery, notably Jeremy Jordan who has vocal and acting chops that shine even in this bucket of Glee Goes Gospel cornpone.
| Original Score: 2/4
It wants to be a charming, down-home good time, but it struggles to hit the right notes.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
An unholy mess.
| Original Score: 1/4
Whenever the characters open their mouths to sing, "Joyful Noise" rocks and swings with spirit to spare.
Nothing more than uninspired mushiness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Despite some mawkish dialogue, there's something to be said for leaving the theater with a smile. Can I get an amen?
Latifah, a formidable actress who's almost always better than her movies, easily dominates this...
"Joyful Noise" follows the book for sprightly musicals and small-town quirk.
If it weren't for those musical numbers, Joyful Noise would be a slog. More singing and less talking would have made it better still.
It's hard to enjoy the movie's charms when writer-director Todd Graff keeps trying to shove them down your throat.
Joyful Noise works best when the screen is filled with music, or when stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are slinging spirited one-liners at each other.
| Original Score: C+
A lower echelon of musical comedy hell (or heaven, if you love the hoariest musical comedy clichés).
| Original Score: 2/5
A pew-pounding musical drama starring Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, and the skeletal remains of Dolly Parton.
Suspense plays second fiddle to the music, which is a good thing, since the music is pretty great, though also to the two leading ladies' store of folk wisdom.
The critic in me can authoritatively declare that the film is crap. The fan in me sent his shirt to the dry cleaners for tear removal.
Though one wishes Graff's eye were as developed as his keen ear, he elicits rafter-raising musical performances from Latifah, Palmer, and Jordan that are irresistible fun.
On paper, the idea of a movie that appeals to fans of both Glee and Tyler Perry seems like a shrewd one, but Joyful Noise will unlikely satisfy either camp.
Joyful Noise is too tone-deaf to put its few blessings to good use.
The cornpone wisdom overflows from the screen during "Joyful Noise," like maple syrup on your grandmama's flapjacks.
Queen Latifah radiates such effortless charisma that she can elevate the lousiest film. Unfortunately, that effort seems to have become her norm.
The movie's all right, if you can take its rampant artificiality - and I'm not even talking about Parton's face yet.
The strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.
"Joyful Noise" is cheerful testament to the theory that if you cast your movie right, nothing else much matters.
Joyful Noise subscribes to the Tyler Perry school of filmmaking - broad laughs beget life lessons and wisdom about the power of family and the joys of doing the right thing.
The movie's musical numbers are catchy and rollicking and, in their bright sunshiny way, rather soulful.
| Original Score: B-
If some incarnation of "Glee" were to be developed for the Christian Broadcasting Network, it would probably look a lot like "Joyful Noise."
Don't expect high art, and you will leave Joyful Noise smiling to the beat.
A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane.
More stupid movies should leave you with such a blissfully stupid smile.
Despite the sheer volume of music on offer, very little of it feels authentic -- or especially inspiring.
Everyone on view is so fundamentally decent and goody-goody that no real tension or unresolvable conflicts ever surface.