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The Sapphires Reviews

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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
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 6, 2012
Its treatment of Big Themes like racism, war and oppression, is shallow to the point of repulsion.
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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
Simon Foster
July 28, 2012
Though Blair's vision expands the action, the stage play origins are obvious in the films structure, which allows for a show-stopping tune at regular intervals whether the drama needs it or not.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
James Mottram
The List
October 3, 2012
Despite an undeniable shambolic charm, the result, while not exactly off-key, could've cleaned up its act before it went on the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Rafer Guzman
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
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
November 8, 2012
It's too naive, and most of the vocal dubbing is weirdly, distancingly poor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2014
The Sapphires has too many facets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
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
Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 7, 2012
It's the musical numbers and the mighty lungs of Australian Idol winner Jessica Mauboy that make this one of the feel-good movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
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
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
The Sapphires is a genuine crowd pleaser that is filled with great tunes, entertaining performances and heartfelt scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
March 27, 2013
The most affable, innocuous outing ever set in a war zone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Sztypuljak
September 27, 2012
The Sapphires has a lot of heart but an awful lot more soul!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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