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Raise Your Voice (2004)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 24

A bland, formulaic tween version of Fame.



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A teenage girl learns that reaching for your dreams isn't always easy in this heartfelt drama with music. Terri Fletcher (Hilary Duff) is a small-town girl with a great love of music and a fine singing voice. Already one of the lead vocalists in her church choir, Terri has also appeared at local nightspots with some help from her older brother. When he tragically dies in an auto accident, Terri becomes all the more determined to make the most of her talent, and she's elated when she's accepted

Feb 15, 2005


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I like Hilary Duff, she's very charming, but she's stuck on this after school special level with these movies.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is for Duff's already committed audiences, which presumably consist of the young, the innocent and the commercially acquisitive.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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All we can do is marvel at how the mighty -- Northern Exposure hottie John Corbett (as a weirdly flirty music teacher) and Risky Business babe Rebecca De Mornay (as Duff's frisky aunt) -- have fallen.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Even the kindest reaction to Raise My Voice is likely to be 'shut your face.'

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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The music in Raise Your Voice ... manages to bring home what the uninspired script doesn't: Something in you dies if you don't express your musical talent.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A teen movie so inspirational and heartwarming that it comes with its very own lip gloss.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Made for tween girls.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Vapid story, shallow concept, bad acting, unoriginal characters, and a climax so cheesy I had to shut it off to keep from kicking in the screen.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Duff carries off the lead role with confidence and grace, exuding a kind of fresh-faced naiveté not often found in other young female stars these days.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Duff's sunny disposition makes her a likable movie presence, but I've yet to see anything from her...beyond a 'let's put on a show' high school drama club enthusiasm.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

10 Reasons Why You Should (Or Shouldn't) See Raise Your Voice...

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

In watching the anemically manipulative Raise Your Voice, one wouldn't mind calling for a touch of well-needed laryngitis.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

It's 'Fame,' 'Footloose,' 'Peyton Place,' and 'Hilary Duff's Greatest Hits' rolled into one moist glob

October 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

...very predictable...

October 24, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

This ain't Fame. It will not live forever.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Nothing to sing about.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It's all very formulaic and fatuous.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This film is nothing more than a series of cliches strung together with a lot of shots of Hilary Duff in tight tank tops.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Dubbed this year's "Fame," Sean McNamara's film has very little in common with the terrific 1980 movie. **

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

Hilary Duff's latest vehicle ought to be a hearse carrying the ashes of her career.

October 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hilary Duff finds "Fame" amid this tepid, tremulous fluff, aimed specifically at 'tweens.

October 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Sean McNamara directs this pleasant piece of fluff that is aimed at teens.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Raise Your Voice is like a Hallmark movie of the week produced by an MTV intern.

October 11, 2004
Palo Alto Weekly

A sanitized version of "Fame" for the pre-teen set

October 11, 2004 Full Review

When Homer Simpson takes a can of Duff beer and crushes it against his thick skull, it's curious how the resulting object has all the dimension of one of Hilary Duff's roles.

October 11, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Raise Your Voice

This is getting 5 stars purely based on Oliver James performance. Such a beautiful guy and you couldn't help but fall in love with him. The plot of the film was good and since I watched this in my early teens, I was always going to have a real soft spot for this film. The start of the film is also unexpected and a real poignant story. The songs were incredible and you can't deny the fact that Hilary Duff has an amazing singing voice.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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This is a good movie. Emotional and fun to watch.
February 16, 2010
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable with a good heart, but it crumbles after every scene!
January 29, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Aunt Nina: Happy graduation!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Simon Fletcher: Where is she?
    2. Aunt Nina: Ah, well, there's something I wanna talk to you about, Simon.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Engelbert "Kiwi" Wilson: The Kiwi seal of approval.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Jay Corgan: My parents put an ocean between them after the nastiest divorce ever. No joke. People study it.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Terri Fletcher: Dad, this place is the scariest, hardest, best thing that has ever happened to me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Terri Fletcher: There are much better singers here, Mr. Torvald.
    2. Mr. Torvald: I'll be the judge of that.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
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