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Joyful Noise Reviews

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May 3, 2015
I did, however, enjoy when Kris Kristofferson comes back from the dead to sing a duet with Dolly.
August 9, 2013
Noise it is, joyful it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 14, 2013
In what ends up as a nightmarish fusion of Glee and Sister Act 2, a mixed-race church choir makes a bid for glory by painfully "Christianising" scraps of once perfectly acceptable pop songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 4, 2013
If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer clear. But then this film was never for you. It's for the spiritual year-round inhabitants of Dollywood.
July 4, 2012
If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer a million miles clear. But then this film was never for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2012
Disarmingly heart-warming in its musical prowess and lazy in its storytelling development, hoping that the former - plus the big names - will attract a large enough crowd to keep it buoyant at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2012
Even numbers by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson take on a religious note. Not much of a God-given screenplay, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2012
Corny and contrived, this provides both leading ladies with sweet ballads and tart one-liners and at least they resisted the temptation to set it all at Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2012
Larger than life and twice as loud, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton trade snappy one-liners and spirited musical numbers in Joyful Noise, an enjoyably corny musical comedy about a gospel choir seeking to uplift a depressed Southern town.
June 28, 2012
In the end, it's impossible to resist the film's exuberant high spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2012
Todd Graff's film sags badly in the middle and is clunky with social context (recession, Asperger's), but there's enough good heart to see you through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2012
Actor-turned-director Todd Graff actually knows what he's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2012
As manufactured, saccharine and unsubtle as Parton, but who's to mess with a winning formula?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 27, 2012
[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2012
It's let down by a meandering, unfocussed script, some poor direction and a handful of missed opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 26, 2012
Only when the script takes a back seat to song does the the film live up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 26, 2012
Overlong and mind-numbingly generic, Joyful Noise promises home-cooked charm but leaves a taste worse than day-old grits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 22, 2012
Hard as it tries to be harmless feel-good fodder, its notion that one character's Asperger's can be cured by a hearty sing-song makes it a more offensive musical than Team America ever dared.
June 21, 2012
If only writer-director Graff had injected the film with half as much earthy energy as he puts into the terrific musical numbers. And let the cast out of the box.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 30, 2012
A movie about a gospel music competition should be fun and inspiring; Joyful Noise is lumbering and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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