Critics Consensus

While undeniably melodramatic and old-fashioned, Sparkle transcends its formulaic trappings thanks to Salim Akil's empathetic direction and strong performances from a committed cast.



Total Count: 93


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Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. -- (C) Sony

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Mike Epps
as Satin
Tika Sumpter
as Dolores
Tamela J. Mann
as Ms. Sara Waters
Michael Beach
as Rev. Bryce
Brély Evans
as Tune Ann
Linda Boston
as Sister Clora
Erika Hoveland
as Larry's Secretary
Debra Port
as Receptionist
Kem Owens
as Buddy
Sarah Hensen
as Heckler
Doug Mingo
as Goofy Guy
Mark Rademacher
as Filmore Manager
David Regal
as Stage Manager
Robert Forte Shannon
as Stix's Opponent
Margaret Scott
as Church Saint
Goapele Mohlabane
as Girl Group - Lead Singer
as Girl Group - Back Up Singer #1
Keely Morris
as Girl Group - Back Up Singer #2
Brittany Perry Russell
as Sparkle's Back Up Singer #1
Charmaine Jordan
as Sparkle's Back Up Singer #2
Tiffany Alexander
as Prison Guard
Stephanie Moseley
as Rehearsal Dancer
Temecha Myers
as Rehearsal Dancer
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  • Aug 28, 2010
    A stellar supporting cast try to lift this above the mundane but the hackneyed script shackles it to dullsville.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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