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Pitch Perfect Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
December 18, 2012
'30 Rock' and 'New Girl' writer Kay Cannon has created brilliant characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Laura Beck
Village Voice
October 8, 2012
The girls, for the most part, are genuinely funny, weird, real, and, most excitingly, confident.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 8, 2012
Warblers win the day in this sweet-natured film (based on a swell behind-the-scenes book by Mickey Rapkin) about the life and loves of collegians from competing a-cappella groups.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 5, 2012
This is one of the strangest and also one of the more entertaining movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 1, 2012
Cannon doesn't go in for rococo hipster badinage in the vein of Diablo Cody. She can pare down a joke to its essence ...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 29, 2012
What we have here is a not-very-funny college comedy for tweens, full of unappealing characters (and although the musical arrangements are fun, some truly unimaginative choreography).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 28, 2012
Luckily, the good outweighs the bad in this bright 'n' breezy comedy about competitive a cappella singing groups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 28, 2012
If you're not grinning by the end of this light, funny crowd-pleaser, consider yourself tone deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2012
"Pitch Perfect" is major key all the way, a blast of tuneful sugary cheer kicked up with enough tart humor to offset the glucose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 28, 2012
Belatedly riffing on the TV series "Glee" might have produced some sour notes, but "Pitch Perfect" finds just the right tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 28, 2012
"Pitch Perfect" totally gets one critical fact: A cappella singing contests are both a little bit amazing and a little bit ridiculous. The tone that the film strikes is a perfect balance between the two extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 28, 2012
A movie that's made to be obsessed over, seen 50 times, quoted as devoutly as such sacred texts as "Heathers" and "Bring It On."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 28, 2012
"Pitch Perfect" doesn't take itself any more seriously than it has to, and has plenty of fun both sending up and celebrating its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 28, 2012
Though likable and energetic, the movie is so eager to put a finger on every pulse that it loses the rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
September 28, 2012
A let's-put-on-a-show story so steeped in backlot Hollywood convention it almost embarrasses itself, with the difference being it really doesn't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 27, 2012
The spirited a cappella singing in Pitch Perfect makes a predictable, feather-light coming-of-age film irresistibly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 27, 2012
Only occasionally funny and not at all illuminating about the rich world of a cappella singing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
What helps offset the predictable in this very predictable movie is a series of show-stopping numbers, so props to the folks who oversaw music and choreography. But the true saving grace is a few of the central players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 27, 2012
Not quite pitch perfect, but it's irresistible.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 27, 2012
I got a goofball kick out of Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick is terrific in this spoofy, sassy romp. And I have one word for Rebel Wilson - Wow!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 27, 2012
The throwaway lines in Kay Cannon's script are so many and so expertly deployed that you basically spend the whole movie digging through the trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 27, 2012
It moves at a clip, a sprightly relay race between a dozen or so mellifluous performers.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2012
I smiled for the first half of the movie and started laughing hysterically when a supporting character hijacked it from its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 27, 2012
[It] could have used a little more spontaneous spirit and a little less manufactured sass. What it has going for it, though, is an amiably enthusiastic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2012
To paraphrase one of the characters in the movie, it's A-Ca-Awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 27, 2012
The musical numbers, however, are quite good, if only because they're so disjointed from the narrative.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 27, 2012
Pitch Perfect looks, sounds, and feels like pretty much every other movie that features a singing or dancing competition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 27, 2012
You leave it wanting to sing and dance.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 27, 2012
The movie is far too aware of its influences, especially when it imitates Bring It On's silly "cheerocracy"-style slang with its own overextended series of aca-neologisms.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2012
It's a twentysomething song-and-dance movie built around rival a cappella groups. That's more exciting than dueling string quartets, I suppose - but no, the quartets would be performing better material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 26, 2012
The very appealing cast (led by ingénue superstar Anna Kendrick) and an overall sense of buoyant silliness advances it to the top of the class.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 26, 2012
It's ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give in to your inner musical theater geek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2012
Without the music, the movie might have been painful, but the songs, Auto-Tuned and processed as they are, generate a hooky bliss. They're the chewy center of this ultra-synthetic hard candy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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William Goss
Film.com
September 26, 2012
Far more often than not, Pitch Perfect lives up to its own title.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 26, 2012
...it never ends up being anything like a fully realized version of any of the movies it's lifting its jokes and/or tones from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2012
An enjoyably snarky campus romp that's both wildly nerdy and somewhat sexy.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 25, 2012
Pitch Perfect proves no one is too cool for the perfect pop song.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 25, 2012
This film could have done with a few more mouth beats and unlikely moments of extracurricular celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 25, 2012
As spirited and irresistible as the college a cappella craze it celebrates, Pitch Perfect is a cheeky delight.