(I) (2012)

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Energetic, colorful and packed with strong performances and musical numbers good enough to get by, Sparkle beams brightly.
Sparkle isn't blindingly original but it delivers solid entertainment, and despite the clichés I was never for a moment bored.
Sparks' strengths include not just a powerful voice but also a radiant niceness, and that becomes part of the story.
Sparkle is a solid entertainment with a winning debut by Jordin Sparks in the title role.
Most of the stuff that's new in the new Sparkle, written by Mara Brock Akil (who is married to the director), is shrewd and cleverly considered. The stuff that's old is what people responded to back in '76.
The look, styles, dialogue and attitudes all feel more 21st century than 1968, but this new Sparkle still sparkles more brightly than its 1976 namesake, which was a sort of rough draft for Dreamgirls.
Sparkle is never more than an overheated mediocrity. The one thing it isn't, however, is dull.
Shines brightest during its musical numbers.
While Sparkle doesn't give the audience a lasting memory of Houston's voice at its most soaring, it does manage to provide a lingering sense of loss, mixed with celebration and grim irony.
A strong cast, empathetic direction and memorable soundtrack help create a movie that does everyone proud.
Whitney Houston deserved better than to go out onscreen with this botch job remake of a 1976 soap opera that never deserved another thought.

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