The Jazz Singer Reviews

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December 31, 2015
Of its time, surely, 'The Jazz Singer' is nevertheless better than one expects going in.
May 3, 2014
A film whose appeal is almost solely historical, for a multitude of reasons.
February 21, 2012
The Jazz Singer is not a good picture artistically, but it's historically significant and Al Johnson is truly entertaining
July 20, 2009
The Jazz Singer is a shallow attempt by a powerful group of straying Jews to clear their consciences.
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.
Top Critic
July 28, 2008
In cities where the Vitaphone can be installed and reproduce his voice this picture will eminently repay attendance.
July 22, 2008
Undoubtedly the best thing Vitaphone has ever put on the screen.
July 12, 2008
An overrated cinematic turd, and an embarrassment to Jazz.
December 10, 2007
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.
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.
May 3, 2006
The Broadway melodrama is schmaltzy, but the music thank God is heavenly.
March 25, 2006
The Vitaphoned songs and some dialogue have been introduced most adroitly.
October 20, 2005
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November 4, 2004
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.
March 19, 2004
January 27, 2004
Must-see for any film buff.
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