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Joyful Noise Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
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
Owen Nicholls
Total Film
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.
Bethany Rutter
Little White Lies
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
Matt Patches
January 13, 2012
A movie that lacks the jazz hand energy of Glee, but packs good-natured laughs to keep someone awake for its two hour duration. More "noise" than "joyful."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
January 26, 2012
Stretches credulity at just about every turn, but its biggest whopper stems from its basic premise: That a choir with the twin divas of Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah would ever be the underdog in any vocal contest!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Erbland
Boxoffice Magazine
January 12, 2012
A well-meaning production that consistently fails to deliver on even the most basic of cinematic expectations, all while covering up stunning ineptitude with bloated song-and-dance numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Grae Drake
January 13, 2012
Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah going head-to-head in a movie together should have been a contender for the Sassiest Movie of 2012, but the result was soulless.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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 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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 12, 2012
It's hard to enjoy the movie's charms when writer-director Todd Graff keeps trying to shove them down your throat.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
January 16, 2012
The rousing arrangements performed by both industry icons and fresh faces are the only saving graces in what's otherwise a mess of slight plot and lazy dialogue.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
A big wet holiday smooch from an overbearing grimace. You stand there and take it. And you grin afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 17, 2012
Glee-haw. When everybody isn't busy gossiping, brawling and having premarital sex, there is much lip service given to obeying God and lifting His name.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2012
The strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
January 12, 2012
On paper, the idea of a movie that appeals to fans of both Glee and Tyler Perry seems like a shrewd one, but Joyful Noise will unlikely satisfy either camp.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2012
The movie's all right, if you can take its rampant artificiality - and I'm not even talking about Parton's face yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Goss
The Playlist
January 12, 2012
Nearly every line of dialogue is a country-fried metaphor or simile, and every other corner appears to have been cut from an overstuffed narrative.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 13, 2012
The trailer made it look like fun. The commercial looked promising. When will I ever learn?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 13, 2012
Nothing more than uninspired mushiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 19, 2012
If you like choir music, you'll love this movie. If you are iffy about the type of music you will find yourself checking your watch as the film does become sluggish towards the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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