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Joyful Noise Reviews

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Guy Lodge
Time Out
June 27, 2012
[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2012
"Joyful Noise" is a sort of Wal-Mart movie, not exactly trendsetting but a decent enough offering for the heartland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 15, 2012
You'll find yourself rolling your eyes, but you'll have more fun if you try to roll them in time with the rollicking numbers.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
January 15, 2012
Has the good fortune of being acted with enthusiasm by a very appealing cast, or else it would be completely unbearable instead of just mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 13, 2012
This movie is a cloying, over-the-top, cheesy sing-a-long that makes "Glee" seem subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 13, 2012
[It] bears almost all the liabilities one gets from current studio product, including bloating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 13, 2012
Lots of talented young singers decorate the scenery, notably Jeremy Jordan who has vocal and acting chops that shine even in this bucket of Glee Goes Gospel cornpone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 13, 2012
It wants to be a charming, down-home good time, but it struggles to hit the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 13, 2012
Much worse things could happen to a movie than to have these two full-figured gals hold forth. Parton's willing and able to despense the Southernisms. Latifah's fierce when she needs to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2012
My, is there corn. But you'd have to be holding on very tightly to a bad mood to walk away from this meal with a frown.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2012
An unholy mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 13, 2012
Whenever the characters open their mouths to sing, "Joyful Noise" rocks and swings with spirit to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 13, 2012
Despite some mawkish dialogue, there's something to be said for leaving the theater with a smile. Can I get an amen?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 13, 2012
Latifah, a formidable actress who's almost always better than her movies, easily dominates this...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
January 12, 2012
"Joyful Noise" follows the book for sprightly musicals and small-town quirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 12, 2012
If it weren't for those musical numbers, Joyful Noise would be a slog. More singing and less talking would have made it better still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
January 12, 2012
Joyful Noise works best when the screen is filled with music, or when stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are slinging spirited one-liners at each other.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 12, 2012
A lower echelon of musical comedy hell (or heaven, if you love the hoariest musical comedy clichés).
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 12, 2012
A pew-pounding musical drama starring Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, and the skeletal remains of Dolly Parton.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 12, 2012
Suspense plays second fiddle to the music, which is a good thing, since the music is pretty great, though also to the two leading ladies' store of folk wisdom.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 12, 2012
The critic in me can authoritatively declare that the film is crap. The fan in me sent his shirt to the dry cleaners for tear removal.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2012
Though one wishes Graff's eye were as developed as his keen ear, he elicits rafter-raising musical performances from Latifah, Palmer, and Jordan that are irresistible fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 12, 2012
Joyful Noise is too tone-deaf to put its few blessings to good use.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2012
The cornpone wisdom overflows from the screen during "Joyful Noise," like maple syrup on your grandmama's flapjacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 12, 2012
Queen Latifah radiates such effortless charisma that she can elevate the lousiest film. Unfortunately, that effort seems to have become her norm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 12, 2012
"Joyful Noise" is cheerful testament to the theory that if you cast your movie right, nothing else much matters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 12, 2012
It's a film about triumph, but only for people who can accept every joyous or fierce moment as triumphant, regardless of how poorly it follows from the moment before it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 12, 2012
Joyful Noise subscribes to the Tyler Perry school of filmmaking - broad laughs beget life lessons and wisdom about the power of family and the joys of doing the right thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2012
The movie's musical numbers are catchy and rollicking and, in their bright sunshiny way, rather soulful.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 11, 2012
If some incarnation of "Glee" were to be developed for the Christian Broadcasting Network, it would probably look a lot like "Joyful Noise."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 10, 2012
Don't expect high art, and you will leave Joyful Noise smiling to the beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 10, 2012
A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 10, 2012
More stupid movies should leave you with such a blissfully stupid smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 5, 2012
Despite the sheer volume of music on offer, very little of it feels authentic -- or especially inspiring.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2012
Everyone on view is so fundamentally decent and goody-goody that no real tension or unresolvable conflicts ever surface.