(2012)

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75
Joyful Noise certainly has its demographics covered.
67
The movie's musical numbers are catchy and rollicking and, in their bright sunshiny way, rather soulful.
63
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.
63
Grousing aside, this is a disarmingly sweet movie, enjoyable to the hilt, with music that really stomps.
60
A well-intentioned, pleasant-enough picture that shoots off in too many directions to ever ignite.
50
Like most ruckuses, it is frequently loud and not always intelligible.
50
Joyful Noise seems tailor-made for an audience of churchgoers and "Glee" devotees.
50
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).
50
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.
50
Staggeringly cornball and squeaky-clean even when flirting with such issues as interracial sexual rivalries.
50
The movie's all right, if you can take its rampant artificiality - and I'm not even talking about Parton's face yet.

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