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The Sapphires Reviews

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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You could drive an Abrams tank through the film's plot holes, but you'll likely be too busy enjoying yourself to bother.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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"The Sapphires" feels like a movie you've already seen, but it's nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable, like a pop song that's no less infectious when you know every word.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Sapphires" sparkles with sass and Motown soul.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Sapphires is hardly a cinematic diamond mine. But this Commitments-style mashup of music and melodrama manages to entertain without demanding too much of its audience.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's pure joy.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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It's a sweet little tale, and that co-writer Tony Briggs is the son of one of the real-life singers adds to the heart-tugging. In the end, though, it's not quite enough to sustain a feature-length film.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2013
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star

A movie with enough melody and camaraderie to cover up its lack of originality.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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The Sapphires shouldn't gleam as brightly as it does. The up-from-struggle story follows the predictable form of movies like these, from Dreamgirls to The Commitments. But there's such a sense of joy ... that it's hard not to be won over.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Draining most of the blood, sweat and tears from a true story, this music-minded movie capably covers a song we've heard a hundred times before.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Sapphires," which was inspired by a true story, is propelled by a strong sense of music's power to connect people and change lives.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2013
Sean O'Connell
Film Racket

Fires on all cylinders when it drops all pretense and allows its talented cast to simply belt out a series of pure, unfiltered slices of ear candy.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 3, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

A rousing soundtrack helps to compensate for some of the historical embellishments in this Australian crowd-pleaser.

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March 29, 2013
James Verniere
Boston Herald

'Sapphires' got heart and soul

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A-

March 29, 2013
Jim Judy
Screen It!

It might not possess the exuberant innocent fun of 'That Thing You Do!' or the overall brilliance of 'The Commitments' but 'The Sapphires' shines enough in its own right. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

March 29, 2013
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

If you love the music of Motown and enjoy a feel good success flick, then "The Sapphires" fits the bill.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 28, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Let's trivialize a legacy of cruelty and denigration, in a country where indigenous people suffered from centuries of human rights abuse! And let's make the carnage of Vietnam look like a paintball game!

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Delirious surprises crowd out the clichés in this thoroughly disarming movie.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A-

March 28, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[A] genial, entertaining, cliché-ridden showbiz story from Australia.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 28, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The Sapphires" illustrates how the same old story - in this case, the one about a 1960s girl group and its struggles - can be freshened up through the novelties of place and characterization.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2013
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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A very conventional story of a '60s Australian girl group gains extra power from its context and setting in this fact-based story set to the beat of Motown soul.

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

March 28, 2013
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