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Pitch Perfect (2012)

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81

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 111 | Rotten: 26

Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.

76

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 9

Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 117,403

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Movie Info

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their

PG-13,

Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Kay Cannon

Dec 18, 2012

$65.0M

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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (26) | DVD (1)

'30 Rock' and 'New Girl' writer Kay Cannon has created brilliant characters.

December 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The girls, for the most part, are genuinely funny, weird, real, and, most excitingly, confident.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Warblers win the day in this sweet-natured film (based on a swell behind-the-scenes book by Mickey Rapkin) about the life and loves of collegians from competing a-cappella groups.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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This is one of the strangest and also one of the more entertaining movies of the year.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Cannon doesn't go in for rococo hipster badinage in the vein of Diablo Cody. She can pare down a joke to its essence ...

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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What we have here is a not-very-funny college comedy for tweens, full of unappealing characters (and although the musical arrangements are fun, some truly unimaginative choreography).

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (12)
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Luckily, Pitch Perfect has just enough flaws to (almost) keep us from making terrible puns around its title, but this fun comedy is good enough to leave an a cappella version of "No Diggity" stuck in your head. For a week.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Very funny at times, usually when it embraces the campiness of the subject matter.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

On paper, this all looks oh-so High School Musical: The College Years, but the beauty of Pitch Perfect is they way it turns its formulaic moments into unexpected hilarity.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Mostly works because the characters are engaging and the musical performances well-chosen and well-done

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell
EntertainmentTell

Is Pitch Perfect this year's Bridesmaids? If by that we mean a thoroughly likable and surprisingly funny comedy, then yes, I suppose it is.

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

The sung numbers are pretty dreadful but you can't have everything.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's 80% affectionate parody of this sort of musical, but the numbers are taken seriously and are admirably choreographed, and the performances are sprightly.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

( ... ) after several years of Hollywood digging into ever deeper wells of gross-out smut, this is a real reversal of fortune.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

There are things to whinge about here. But Pitch Perfect proves impossible to resist.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It's a lightweight confection, but Pitch Perfect is great fun while the fat lady (and the skinny one) sings.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

As far as the so-called humour goes, we're operating on a sliding scale from lazy to downright offensive.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Even if Pitch Perfect doesn't stand up to much scrutiny, it's still an enjoyable romp on the surface.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

There are great moments and the songs are well put together and catchy.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It's like a superior, wittier double-episode of Glee.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Amusing though the movie can be, there's something missing in the warmth department. Like songs without accompaniment, its jokes lack any charm or liking for the characters.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The plot won't surprise but it's fun and freaky in equal measure.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The Spinal Tap of unaccompanied singing.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Hugely enjoyable comedy that hits all the right notes, thanks to a razor-sharp script, impressively staged musical numbers and a pair of brilliant comic performances from Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Kendrick's alt-girl good-naturedly holds it all together, leaving room for Australian star Wilson to really shine with some inspired improv while comedy nuggets are strewn elsewhere ...

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Pitch Perfect

I'm not ashamed to admit that I've seen this multiple times and it gets better on each viewing.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Get Pitch Slapped.

Great Comedy! This film is really raunchy and just skirts around an R rating several times, but it is just so fun. Refreshing to see a comedy and musical combo. This is a movie even my mom would enjoy. It held my interest throughout and i think it was well produced. Filled with exciting musical numbers and solid performances from Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, the adorable Skylar Kenstin as Beccas love interest and so many others Pitch perfect is something truly special. Not to say t's flawless it's a little amateur in spots and Brittany Snow's character feels a little confusing. But it's easy to overlook the small stuff when the film is so entertaining.

The Barden Bellas are a collegiate, all-girls a cappella singing group thriving on female pop songs and their perfect looks. After a disastrous failing at last year's finals, they are forced to regroup. Among the new recruits is freshman Beca, an independent, aspiring DJ with no interest in the college life. But after she meets Jesse, from the rival all-male a cappella group, Beca has a new outlook and takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound and get back into the competition.
June 6, 2014
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Musicals are fun - especially if there is reason to sing - like being part of a group. I can't get that cup song out of my head now.
May 27, 2014
Redlats

Super Reviewer

Minus half a star for the totally unnecessary vomit gags.
March 3, 2014
purplemegan

Super Reviewer

    1. Lilly: I did a term at county.
    – Submitted by Chrystianna C (9 months ago)
    1. Lilly: I was born with gills like a fish.
    – Submitted by Nick W (11 months ago)
    1. Aubrey: What the hell?
    2. Fat Amy: Umm, It's pretty cool actually. I think we're just runnin' out of gas.
    3. Aubrey: Well, that can't be. You just filled the tank.
    4. Fat Amy: Yeah, I did. And, yeah maybe I didn't, because I got hit by flying Mexican food.
    – Submitted by Jen B (13 months ago)
    1. Fat Amy: I'm an open book. I mean, for God's sake you guys all call me Fat Amy. See, I guess I'm just not really living if I'm not 100% honest. And my real name is Fat Patricia.
    – Submitted by Stephanie S (13 months ago)
    1. Fat Amy: You guys are the best. Even though some of you are pretty thin, I think that you all have fat hearts. And that's what matters. Okay let's just smash this.
    – Submitted by Jen B (13 months ago)
    1. Fat Amy: Well, at least it's not herpes or do you have that as well?
    – Submitted by Jen B (13 months ago)
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