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The Jazz Singer Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 31, 2015
Of its time, surely, 'The Jazz Singer' is nevertheless better than one expects going in.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 3, 2014
A film whose appeal is almost solely historical, for a multitude of reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
February 21, 2012
The Jazz Singer is not a good picture artistically, but it's historically significant and Al Johnson is truly entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jordan Hiller
July 20, 2009
The Jazz Singer is a shallow attempt by a powerful group of straying Jews to clear their consciences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

TV Guide
July 28, 2008
By today's standards, The Jazz Singer is mawkish, crudely filmed, and full of schmaltz. Yet it remains fascinating in its historical value, not only for its technical innovation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
July 28, 2008
In cities where the Vitaphone can be installed and reproduce his voice this picture will eminently repay attendance.
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
Undoubtedly the best thing Vitaphone has ever put on the screen.
Cole Smithey
July 12, 2008
An overrated cinematic turd, and an embarrassment to Jazz.
| Original Score: 1/5
Will Harris
November 17, 2007
There's one thing that neither Neil Diamond nor Danny Thomas nor even Jerry Lewis had in their versions: the unrivaled showmanship and charisma of Al Jolson.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 14, 2007
...there's no taking away from the movie's heart and Jolson's singing. The Jazz Singer remains a classic of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 3, 2006
The Broadway melodrama is schmaltzy, but the music thank God is heavenly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
March 25, 2006
The Vitaphoned songs and some dialogue have been introduced most adroitly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Three quarters of a century later, viewing 'The Jazz Singer' is perhaps a historical curiosity to many. It is an insult to overly sensitive others.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Christopher Null
January 27, 2004
Must-see for any film buff.
| Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
A landmark: the first sound film in which dialogue and song caught the public's imagination, even though sound had long existed and much of this film is silent.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 14, 2003
Utterly unremarkable; its milestone status is more historical fluke than genuine artistry.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 25, 2002
Sincere and important, if a little self-aware, look at being Jewish in a way other movies of the time weren't touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Warner Bros.' The Jazz Singer (1927) is an historic milestone film and cinematic landmark. [Most people associate this film with the advent of sound pictures.]
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's ragged and dull until the magical moment when Jolson turns to the camera to announce, 'You ain't heard nothin' yet' -- a line so loaded with unconscious irony that it still raises a few goose bumps.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 10, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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