Rejoice & Shout Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 17, 2011
The result is an uneven film, despite all the talent on display and the importance of the project.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
Brett Michel
Boston Herald
July 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
July 1, 2011
The performances unearthed by director Don McGlynn... are just so energetic and captivating.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 24, 2011
"Rejoice" is both a history and an appreciation of gospel, and works on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 17, 2011
As both musical and educational experience, Rejoice and Shout offers plenty of reason to do just that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2011
A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
June 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 11, 2011
There have been other terrific documentaries about gospel, but this is the first gospel film to draw on an incalculably rich archive of material going back more than 100 years.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 10, 2011
Ecstatic testifying, dynamic vocals, conventional structure...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Dansby
Houston Chronicle
June 9, 2011
Footage from that golden era still makes Rejoice & Shout worthwhile, from the groups that created variations on the barbershop quartets to competing ensembles from the South that were formed at schools for the blind. It is moving stuf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
June 9, 2011
Can I get an Amen?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2011
Don McGlynn's gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 7, 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 | Original Score: 7/10
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
June 3, 2011
The music is presented here as a rich, ever-evolving, and continually inspiring thing -- and that's reason enough for rejoicing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 3, 2011
Wonderful...a near-instant classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 3, 2011
What I don't know about gospel music could fill a library, but I'm willing to learn, and the lively documentary called Rejoice and Shout is a perfect tutorial. What's more, it's certain to create a flock of converts to this soulful brand of American...
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2012
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