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June 17, 2011
Ends up being far from authoritative and misses some key opportunities to dig deep into intriguing characters and issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2011
It's astonishing how little this time capsule adds to its phenomenal source material. You might even call it a miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 29, 2011
Rejoice and Shout, Don McGlynn's documentary on the history of gospel music, is a film for connoisseurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2011
Not enough rejoicing, too much shouting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 3, 2011
Archival footage of such acts as the Staple Singers and Mahalia Jackson is thrown together with largely trivial interviews with such talking heads as veteran singers and historians.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 2, 2011
As a mix tape (or ipod shuffle) of gospel music, Rejoice and Shout is a wonderful starting place
| Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2011
A lingering look at the world of gospel music
September 30, 2011
'Rejoice and Shout' treats a long century and could have been more incisive and included fuller performance clips by dispensing with head interviews that interrupt often and at length.
June 2, 2011
It's all loosely assembled, with less of an eye toward storytelling and more of a rambling "and then Mahalia Jackson came along" approach.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 8, 2016
Rejoice & Shout is the most definitive and uplifting film ever made about gospel music. And that's the gospel truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2011
The performances unearthed by director Don McGlynn... are just so energetic and captivating.
June 16, 2011
A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2011
Wonderful...a near-instant classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 7, 2011
[G]lorious, exuberant clips . . spectacularly illustrate gospel's chronological and stylistic history. . .and personal memories of several icons add warm backstage anecdotes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 27, 2011
A splendid if exhausting journey through the history of gospel music reaching back nearly two centuries.
June 9, 2011
Footage from that golden era still makes Rejoice & Shout worthwhile, from the groups that created variations on the barbershop quartets to competing ensembles from the South that were formed at schools for the blind. It is moving stuf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 9, 2011
Can I get an Amen?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 29, 2011
Rejoice and Shout is a rousing documentary that should really be required viewing for all music lovers and for anyone who would like to be in the know about the gospel genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 31, 2011
The best bits -- the powerful instrument called Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, for example -- more than speak for themselves.
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