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Joyful Noise

Music . Comedy

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.

Actors: Keke Palmer , Dolly Parton , Queen Latifah , Shameik Moore , Jeremy Jordan , Courtney B. Vance , Kris Kristofferson , Jesse L. Martin
Directors: Todd Graff
Country: USA
Release: 2012-01-13
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  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Joyful Noise certainly has its demographics covered.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The movie's musical numbers are catchy and rollicking and, in their bright sunshiny way, rather soulful.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Joyful Noise is a good movie when it lifts up its heart and lets people sing.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Though one wishes Graff's eye were as developed as his keen ear, he elicits rafter-raising musical performances from Latifah, Palmer, and Jordan that are irresistible fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Grousing aside, this is a disarmingly sweet movie, enjoyable to the hilt, with music that really stomps.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A Joyful Noise overcomes. The big numbers are a gospel-pop-funk fusion that made me think, Hmmm, this seems very processed - before I noticed my feet were tapping of their own accord. How can you resist that wah-wah funk guitar?

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    A well-intentioned, pleasant-enough picture that shoots off in too many directions to ever ignite.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    More stupid movies should leave you with such a blissfully stupid smile.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Like so many underdog movies, Joyful Noise will go over best with those who show up hugely eager for it to be exactly what it looks like, and to tell them exactly what they want to hear.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The critic in me can authoritatively declare that the film is crap. The fan in me sent his shirt to the dry cleaners for tear removal.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Lots of talented young singers decorate the scenery, notably Jeremy Jordan (late of Broadway's failed Bonnie & Clyde but soon-to-open in Newsies)who has vocal and acting chops that shine even in this bucket of Glee Goes Gospel cornpone.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Despite some mawkish dialogue, there's something to be said for leaving the theater with a smile. Can I get an amen?

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Like most ruckuses, it is frequently loud and not always intelligible.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Joyful Noise seems tailor-made for an audience of churchgoers and "Glee" devotees.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Todd Graff's would-be inspirational film lift their voices in song that makes you smile, and squander their voices on dialogue that makes you cringe (but also smile in oddly pleasurable disbelief).

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Hot gospel singing and earnest family squabbles are all that distinguish Joyful Noise.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie's all right, if you can take its rampant artificiality - and I'm not even talking about Parton's face yet.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Joyful Noise is too tone-deaf to put its few blessings to good use.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A cheerful, not-quite-off-color crowd-pleaser that rarely breaks formula, it's the big screen equivalent of a sloppy smooch from your over-affectionate aunt over the holidays.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Staggeringly cornball and squeaky-clean even when flirting with such issues as interracial sexual rivalries.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    A routinely plotted competition drama in which Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (playing her first bigscreen lead in 20 years) vie for control of a small-town Georgia church chorus.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A lower echelon of musical comedy hell (or heaven, if you love the hoariest musical comedy clichés).

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    It's hard to enjoy the movie's charms when writer-director Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam) keeps trying to shove them down your throat.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    The cornpone wisdom overflows from the screen during Joyful Noise, like maple syrup on your grandmama's flapjacks.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Speaking of camp, the diva battle teased in the trailer for Joyful Noise between its two stars, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, flatlines, as do most of the movie's jokes.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    Nothing more than uninspired mushiness.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Latifah, a formidable actress who's almost always better than her movies, easily dominates this hokey cross between "Glee'' and "Sister Act.''

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Joyful Noise is an ungainly assembly of parts that don't fit, and the strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    A well-meaning production that consistently fails to deliver on even the most basic of cinematic expectations, all while covering up stunning ineptitude with bloated song-and-dance numbers.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The film feels about as genuine and spontaneous as its evident lip-synching.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    An unholy mess.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
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