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The Sapphires Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
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
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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-
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
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.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
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-
Michael Dequina
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 16, 2013
You've seen this story before, but never pulled off with so much joie de vivre.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 16, 2013
They can put a song across just like the Dreamgirls. What's not to like?
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 12, 2013
Exuberant but fairly formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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-
Jay Stone
April 5, 2013
Director Wayne Blair -- another veteran of the stage show -- finds his footing during the film's many musical numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
April 5, 2013
Despite the prosaic plot and reserved approach taken by Blair, Briggs, and Thompson, it's tough to get cynical about such a warmhearted picture that strives to tell so uplifting a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 5, 2013
The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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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