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The Sapphires Reviews

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 20, 2013
An irresistible if unpolished feature debut from Aussie director Wayne Blair.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 19, 2013
The Sapphires might pass muster as escapist fluff, but its pretensions of significance go woefully awry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2013
Wayne Blair isn't interested in historical complexity or subtext, just the seamless flow of Hollywood-style storytelling that lazily connects one musical number to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 19, 2013
Adorable, with a winning Chris O'Dowd turn. But overall, an unpolished gem
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 19, 2013
An aggressively entertaining movie..that can be serious when it wants, without ever taking itself too seriously.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 18, 2013
Singin', swingin' and sparkly, it's a sentimental, feel-good crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kam Williams
March 17, 2013
A well-deserved tribute to four Aussie lassies who risked their lives to entertain the boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
March 12, 2013
A musical feature about a worthy if little-known subject that's enjoyable, despite manipulative tone and conventional nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Russell
February 7, 2013
The movie unfolds in the uplifting manner you'd expect, but its real pleasures lie in its terrific '60s pop-soul soundtrack and especially in its frequently funny performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 22, 2013
Though the production is unpolished, the music is great and Chris O'Dowd is delightfully droll as the group's boozy manager.
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
January 22, 2013
A fully realized and layered story that delivers both humor and compassion, fantastic music that truly takes you back to that point in time, and an unforgettable performance from O'Dowd.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Adams
Screen International
January 22, 2013
An energetic, amusing and resolutely feel-good-film-with-a-message, 1960s music movie The Sapphires ticks all of the right boxes to click with audiences as well as being a smart advert for Aussie girl power.
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 22, 2013
The film might veer towards the predictably sentimental, but it has a fizzing energy that is hard either to deny or dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
January 17, 2013
There's enough gaiety and whirlwind plotting to sustain an upbeat attitude about the whole endeavor, even when director Wayne Blair seems utterly determined to exit the effort on a sour note.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 12, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 9, 2012
We've all got used to international co-productions over the years, but The Sapphires surely breaks new ground by mixing Vietnam and Australia with Irish and Aboriginal characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 9, 2012
The Sapphires is certainly at home to corn, and the limited budget shows through at its tattered edges. But it should do wonders for those still suffering from Mamma Mia! withdrawals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
November 9, 2012
Shamelessly crowd-pleasing, this warmly engaging film is based on a remarkable true story. And since it's topped off by Chris O'Dowd's most engaging performance yet (which is saying a lot), resistance is futile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
November 9, 2012
It may not be hugely original, but this is a pleasant watch with charm to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 9, 2012
It makes its point with a warm heart and authentic playing, even if there's also a certain amount of cheesiness.
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