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The Sapphires Reviews

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March 28, 2013
The performers improve it, or save it, depending on your viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2013
Mauboy has one hell of a voice, and the Sapphires' vocal performances speak to the endless power of great soul songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2013
Irresistibly feel good, sound good movie, wears hearts and social relevance on its sparkly sleeve. . .Fun and racial tolerance amidst war [with] sterling aborigine talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 27, 2013
The most affable, innocuous outing ever set in a war zone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 26, 2013
"The Sapphires" is a bit like a puppy you're trying to house break. It may have its bad cinematic moments but it's just so darn appealing that you have to love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2013
With O'Dowd in the lead, and a hit-soundtrack-ready selection of tunes from the Stax and Motown catalogs and more, The Sapphires is popcorn entertainment, with some earned laughs and a genuine heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 24, 2013
It helps that the leading actors are so skillful and appealing, beginning with Chris O'Dowd as a roguish Irishman who becomes the girls' manager...
March 23, 2013
You've seen this type of tale many times before...but the inspired-by-a-true-story Aboriginal slant adds interest, the actresses create unique characters and Chris O'Dowd really shines.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 22, 2013
This familiar but supremely well-told and produced tale of the unlikely rise of an Aboriginal female pop group in the Vietnam War-era is feel-good entertainment at its best. Performances, solid script and great music all hit the high notes.
March 22, 2013
Why resist?
March 22, 2013
It sidesteps the usual cliches. Fame and fortune matter less than the human connections that are fostered and repaired on this unlikely journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2013
While the fish-out-of-water story remains a little overused, the sweet soul music still provides a terrific hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2013
Melodramatic and clichéd to a fault, The Sapphires is however elevated by winsome performances, particularly O'Dowd, and plentiful musically-driven charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 22, 2013
Not even sweet soul music can turn Vietnam circa 1968 into a feel-good trip, but "The Sapphires" tries its darnedest.
Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
March 22, 2013
For the most part Aussie director Wayne Blair's feature debut is snappy and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
A solid, stirring song sung with more sincerity than polish.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 21, 2013
Despite some predictable facets, The Sapphires shines brightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
You could call it an Aussie Dreamgirls. I'd call it a blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
Even when "The Sapphires" is at its most unpolished and cheesiest, O'Dowd and the film's general warm spirit make it a tune hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2013
The Sapphires understands intuitively that cheap tricks still work most of the time, and it is not without its silky, assured virtues-but originality is not one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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