Raise Your Voice (2004)



Critic Consensus: A bland, formulaic tween version of Fame.

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A teenage girl learns that reaching for your dreams isn't always easy in this heartfelt drama with music. Terri Fletcher (Hilary Duff) is a small-town girl with a great love of music and a fine singing voice. Already one of the lead vocalists in her church choir, Terri has also appeared at local nightspots with some help from her older brother. When he tragically dies in an auto accident, Terri becomes all the more determined to make the most of her talent, and she's elated when she's accepted as part of a summer study program at one of California's most prestigious music schools; however, Terri attends over the stern objections of her father. As she tries to hold together her relationship with her family, she finds herself falling for one of her fellow students, Jay (Oliver James), and competing for attention against dozens of kids whose talent rivals her own. Raise Your Voice also features Jason Ritter, Rebecca De Mornay, Rita Wilson, David Keith, and John Corbett.
PG (for thematic elements and language)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Hilary Duff
as Terri Fletcher
Rita Wilson
as Frances Fletcher
David Keith
as Simon Fletcher
Jason Ritter
as Paul Fletcher
James Avery
as Mr. Gantry
John Corbett
as Mr. Torvald
John L. Lewis
as Engelbert "Kiwi" Wilson
Kat Dennings
as Sloane
Dana Davis
as Denise Gilmore
Rebecca De Mornay
as Aunt Nina
Robert Trebor
as Mr. Wesson
Steven T. Palmer
as Street Drummer
Steven "T7" Palmer
as Street Drummer
Sean McNamara
as Dr. Mark Farly
TJ Thyne
as Emcee
Gibby Brand
as Mr. Holcomb
Sean Patrick Mcnamara
as Doctor Mark Farley
Fred Meyers
as Matthew
Mitch Rotter
as Folk Singer
Seis Cuerdas
as Flamenco Guitars
John Gipson
as Saxophone Player
Adam Gontier
as Three Days Grace
Neil Sanderson
as Three Days Grace
Brad Walst
as Three Days Grace
Bary Stock
as Three Days Grace
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Critic Reviews for Raise Your Voice

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (31)

I like Hilary Duff, she's very charming, but she's stuck on this after school special level with these movies.

October 11, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This is for Duff's already committed audiences, which presumably consist of the young, the innocent and the commercially acquisitive.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

All we can do is marvel at how the mighty -- Northern Exposure hottie John Corbett (as a weirdly flirty music teacher) and Risky Business babe Rebecca De Mornay (as Duff's frisky aunt) -- have fallen.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Even the kindest reaction to Raise My Voice is likely to be 'shut your face.'

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

The music in Raise Your Voice ... manages to bring home what the uninspired script doesn't: Something in you dies if you don't express your musical talent.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A teen movie so inspirational and heartwarming that it comes with its very own lip gloss.

October 8, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Raise Your Voice

This is getting 5 stars purely based on Oliver James performance. Such a beautiful guy and you couldn't help but fall in love with him. The plot of the film was good and since I watched this in my early teens, I was always going to have a real soft spot for this film. The start of the film is also unexpected and a real poignant story. The songs were incredible and you can't deny the fact that Hilary Duff has an amazing singing voice.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A great movie about finding your place in the world & following your heart :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

This is a good movie. Emotional and fun to watch.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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