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The Sapphires Reviews

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September 15, 2017
Jessica Mauboy and Deborah Mailman showcase womanhood, with all its glory and its challenges, in this uplifting drama.
September 11, 2017
The Sapphires is hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 11, 2017
This feelgood flick will almost certainly be an international hit and it is undeniably uplifting, the joyousness of soul music smoothing out the odd shifts in tone that arise as a result of the strange genre conflict.
January 1, 2014
The clichés are rendered painless by excellent performances from the five principles, with O'Dowd and Mailman particularly standing out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2014
This charming Australian import has a groove much like other low-key, let's-put-on-a-show indies such as Hear My Song and The Commitments, and never uses its social conscience as simply backbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2014
A heavy-handed anti-racism message isn't easier to take when played to a Motown beat, though the Australian comedy-drama The Sapphires acts otherwise.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2014
The Sapphires has too many facets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2013
The skill and sly moments of real panache help turn The Sapphires into a shining example of the type of film this country really ought to be making more of.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 11, 2013
Tries to dazzle itself but the shine comes off quickly, as this weakly structured story flees at the sight of any lingering dramatic conflict, preferring to turn history into a pleasant song-and-dance routine.
June 30, 2013
A unique and heartening look at four young women blossoming into mature adults as they enjoy a bout with success in the midst of a hard-fought war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 4, 2013
Quite possibly the least original movie you'll see this summer -- and one of the most enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 13, 2013
The mood is so charming and the music so inspiring that you continually cut it a break.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 8, 2013
By-the-numbers in every sense of the word, the film tracks a tried-and-true sort of triumph while featuring renditions of soul classics so bursting with energy and joy you won't care that the originality meter is leaning on empty.
May 3, 2013
Even when it seems contrived The Sapphires is a feel-good movie in the most positive meaning of that term, thanks to the Motown music and O'Dowd's cheeky charm. Like the Four Tops, I loved every sugar pie, honey bunch moment. I can't help myself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 3, 2013
Unfortunately, it has been turned into a routine and uninspiring movie, following a tired, old formula the entire way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2013
A surefire crowdpleaser with all the ingredients for the type of little-movie-that-could sleeper success that Harvey Weinstein has nurtured in years and award seasons past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2013
You've seen this story before, but never pulled off with so much joie de vivre.
April 16, 2013
They can put a song across just like the Dreamgirls. What's not to like?
April 12, 2013
Exuberant but fairly formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2013
Doesn't always mix its anti-prejudice message and its feel-good nostalgia with complete smoothness. But despite some ragged edges it provides a reasonably good time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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