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Rejoice & Shout (2011)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 203




Movie Info

Rejoice and Shout traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles - the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements. Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture - slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, civil rights and empowerment. … More

PG (for some mild thematic material and indidental smoking)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Don McGlynn
In Theaters:
Nov 1, 2011
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Rejoice & Shout

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

The challenge in creating a historical nonfiction music film is getting the right balance of information and song; McGlynn wisely stressed the music.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

If you don't know gospel music, really know it, you are missing out on a lot, but don't lose faith. "Rejoice and Shout," a vibrant and comprehensive new documentary will take you there in style.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A relentlessly chronological, talking-head documentary that sets itself the impossible task of telling the whole rousing, spirit-lifting story of African American Christian music from slavery till now.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

As both musical and educational experience, Rejoice and Shout offers plenty of reason to do just that.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Ends up being far from authoritative and misses some key opportunities to dig deep into intriguing characters and issues.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The result is an uneven film, despite all the talent on display and the importance of the project.

Full Review… | December 17, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film includes a number of outstanding musical performances by gospel groups, soloists and other musicians. This is a good film for fans of gospel music, or those who want to find out more about the history of gospel music.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

'Rejoice and Shout' treats a long century and could have been more incisive and included fuller performance clips by dispensing with head interviews that interrupt often and at length.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Not enough rejoicing, too much shouting.

Full Review… | July 15, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A lingering look at the world of gospel music

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Movie Habit

The performances unearthed by director Don McGlynn... are just so energetic and captivating.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011

"Rejoice" is both a history and an appreciation of gospel, and works on both counts.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Philadelphia Daily News

An exhaustively comprehensive documentary on the 200-year musical history of African-American Christianity, Don McGlynn's movie is a defacto concert film, buoyed as it is with stirring rare performances.

Full Review… | June 13, 2011

Ecstatic testifying, dynamic vocals, conventional structure...

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Can I get an Amen?

Full Review… | June 9, 2011

[G]lorious, exuberant clips . . spectacularly illustrate gospel's chronological and stylistic history. . .and personal memories of several icons add warm backstage anecdotes.

Full Review… | June 7, 2011

Audience Reviews for Rejoice & Shout


"Rejoice and Shout" is an informative and entertaining documentary that acts as a survey history of gospel music, allowing it to not only be told by experts, but in the wonderful music which is shown in many delightful clips. This way we can see how gospel music has not only influenced music in general but also been affected by the outside world at large. Regretfully, the documentary does not know where to start, going off on tangents for a while before finally settling for the beginning which in this case is slavery where the Christianity of the masters mixed with the slaves' native religion to create a new form of Christianity. Soon after which, music was added to the mix.

As well testified, gospel music springs from the singers' enthusiastic beliefs and faith. For example, Pastor Andrae Crouch puts it best when he says we would all melt if we ever directly heard the voice of God, so His words have to be conveyed through intermediaries. At the same time, I can attest one does not have to believe similarly to enjoy gospel music or anything else wonderful in this bountiful world, to disagree with Smokey Robinson.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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