The Sapphires Reviews

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2013
You could drive an Abrams tank through the film's plot holes, but you'll likely be too busy enjoying yourself to bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 4, 2013
"The Sapphires" feels like a movie you've already seen, but it's nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable, like a pop song that's no less infectious when you know every word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 4, 2013
"The Sapphires" sparkles with sass and Motown soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 4, 2013
Sapphires is hardly a cinematic diamond mine. But this Commitments-style mashup of music and melodrama manages to entertain without demanding too much of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 4, 2013
It's pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 4, 2013
It's a sweet little tale, and that co-writer Tony Briggs is the son of one of the real-life singers adds to the heart-tugging. In the end, though, it's not quite enough to sustain a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
April 4, 2013
A movie with enough melody and camaraderie to cover up its lack of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2013
The Sapphires shouldn't gleam as brightly as it does. The up-from-struggle story follows the predictable form of movies like these, from Dreamgirls to The Commitments. But there's such a sense of joy ... that it's hard not to be won over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2013
Draining most of the blood, sweat and tears from a true story, this music-minded movie capably covers a song we've heard a hundred times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 4, 2013
"Sapphires," which was inspired by a true story, is propelled by a strong sense of music's power to connect people and change lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Film Racket
April 3, 2013
Fires on all cylinders when it drops all pretense and allows its talented cast to simply belt out a series of pure, unfiltered slices of ear candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
A rousing soundtrack helps to compensate for some of the historical embellishments in this Australian crowd-pleaser.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 29, 2013
'Sapphires' got heart and soul
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 29, 2013
It might not possess the exuberant innocent fun of 'That Thing You Do!' or the overall brilliance of 'The Commitments' but 'The Sapphires' shines enough in its own right. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 28, 2013
If you love the music of Motown and enjoy a feel good success flick, then "The Sapphires" fits the bill.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2013
Let's trivialize a legacy of cruelty and denigration, in a country where indigenous people suffered from centuries of human rights abuse! And let's make the carnage of Vietnam look like a paintball game!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 28, 2013
Delirious surprises crowd out the clichés in this thoroughly disarming movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
[A] genial, entertaining, cliché-ridden showbiz story from Australia.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 28, 2013
"The Sapphires" illustrates how the same old story - in this case, the one about a 1960s girl group and its struggles - can be freshened up through the novelties of place and characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2013
A very conventional story of a '60s Australian girl group gains extra power from its context and setting in this fact-based story set to the beat of Motown soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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