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The Jazz Singer Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 14, 2003
Utterly unremarkable; its milestone status is more historical fluke than genuine artistry.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Cole Smithey
July 12, 2008
An overrated cinematic turd, and an embarrassment to Jazz.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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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.
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
Undoubtedly the best thing Vitaphone has ever put on the screen.
Christopher Null
January 27, 2004
Must-see for any film buff.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 10, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004
| 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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 31, 2015
Of its time, surely, 'The Jazz Singer' is nevertheless better than one expects going in.
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
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