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September 28, 2017
When it comes down to it, you'd probably be wiser to stick with Glee. You get roughly the same amount of musical numbers, equally melodramatic storylines and hammy acting in less than half the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 18, 2017
Joyful Noise is trite, predictable, unrealistic and leaden.
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.
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