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The Sapphires Reviews

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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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 5, 2013
The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime.
Full Review | 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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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
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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
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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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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 28, 2013
The performers improve it, or save it, depending on your viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
March 22, 2013
Why resist?
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 22, 2013
For the most part Aussie director Wayne Blair's feature debut is snappy and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 21, 2013
A solid, stirring song sung with more sincerity than polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 21, 2013
Despite some predictable facets, The Sapphires shines brightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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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
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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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 16, 2012
A gem, no less.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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September 9, 2012
At certain moments, the film feels pretty manipulative, but you know why manipulation is popular? Because it is effective.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
July 15, 2012
Soul music's alleged redemptive powers are fully at work in this jumbled, sketchily written but vastly appealing true-life musical comedy.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2012
A jewel-bright charmer about four spunky indigenous women whose powerhouse voices catapulted them onto the 60s-era world stage as Australia's answer to the Supremes.