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Joyful Noise


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Release Date :

January 13, 2012

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Director :

Todd Graff

Starring :

Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Judd Lormand, Jesse L. Martin, Jeremy Jordan, Dexter Darden

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..would-be inspirational film lift their voices in song that makes you smile..”
by Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]
Review rate : D

“..there are lots of little subplots lying about, taking up space..”
by Randy Cordova [Arizona Republic]
Review rate : D

“..the movie is well aware that hard times in poor towns affect everyone regardless of race, and the hope in those upraised voices is a response to something dark and real..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
1.5 of 4

“..the climactic scene at the national finals is so inappropriate, so unexpected in terms of what's gone before..”
by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun-Times]
Review rate : D

“..the cast of "Joyful Noise" is dealing with adequate material, at best, and the noise is more dutiful than joyful..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..still on an ecumenical outreach mission, its gags overshadowed by its focus on weightier..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
“..reflects the soaring songs of that time but not the gritty movies..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
Review rate : D+

“..reflects the inspiration of Glee and God, in that order..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
Review rate : D

“..its plot, a cross between "Glee" and "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"..”
by Amy Biancolli [San Francisco Chronicle]
Review rate : D

“..has some wince-inducing, corn-pone-cutesy dialogue..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Review rate : C+

“..grousing aside, this is a disarmingly sweet movie, enjoyable to the hilt, with music that really stomps..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
Review rate : D+

“..elicits rafter-raising musical performances from Latifah, Palmer, and Jordan that are irresistible fun..”
by Carrie Rickey [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..dialogue and visual aspects are all right on the nose, bereft of shading or nuance..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..despite the sheer volume of music on offer, very little of it feels authentic -- or especially inspiring..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
Review rate : D

“..calmly unconcerned about skin color, uniting a racially diverse cast with matter-of-fact maturity..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..broad laughs beget life lessons and wisdom about the power of family and the joys of doing the right thing..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
Review rate : D

“..between the songs are several minimally sketched subplots..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]

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