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Rejoice & Shout Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2011
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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It's astonishing how little this time capsule adds to its phenomenal source material. You might even call it a miracle.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 1, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Rejoice and Shout, Don McGlynn's documentary on the history of gospel music, is a film for connoisseurs.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 29, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Not enough rejoicing, too much shouting.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 15, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Archival footage of such acts as the Staple Singers and Mahalia Jackson is thrown together with largely trivial interviews with such talking heads as veteran singers and historians.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 3, 2011
Christopher Null

As a mix tape (or ipod shuffle) of gospel music, Rejoice and Shout is a wonderful starting place

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2011
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

A lingering look at the world of gospel music

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

July 7, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'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.

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September 30, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It's all loosely assembled, with less of an eye toward storytelling and more of a rambling "and then Mahalia Jackson came along" approach.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

June 2, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

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

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

July 1, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2011
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Wonderful...a near-instant classic.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

June 3, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

June 7, 2011
Brett Michel
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B+

July 14, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A splendid if exhausting journey through the history of gospel music reaching back nearly two centuries.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 27, 2011
Andrew Dansby
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2011
Kam Williams

Can I get an Amen?

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

June 9, 2011
Jennifer Merin

Rejoice and Shout is a rousing documentary that should really be required viewing for all music lovers and for anyone who would like to be in the know about the gospel genre.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

May 29, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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The best bits -- the powerful instrument called Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, for example -- more than speak for themselves.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 31, 2011
Brent Simon

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 Source: | Original Score: B

June 13, 2011
Dennis Harvey
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