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"Joyful Noise" is a sort of Wal-Mart movie, not exactly trendsetting but a decent enough offering for the heartland.

-Colin CovertFull Review

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.

-Roger MooreFull Review

You'll find yourself rolling your eyes, but you'll have more fun if you try to roll them in time with the rollicking numbers.

-David EdelsteinFull Review

Has the good fortune of being acted with enthusiasm by a very appealing cast, or else it would be completely unbearable instead of just mundane.

-Eric D. SniderFull Review

This movie is a cloying, over-the-top, cheesy sing-a-long that makes "Glee" seem subtle.

-Richard RoeperFull Review

[It] bears almost all the liabilities one gets from current studio product, including bloating.

-Glenn KennyFull Review

Lots of talented young singers decorate the scenery, notably Jeremy Jordan who has vocal and acting chops that shine even in this bucket of Glee Goes Gospel cornpone.

-Peter TraversFull Review

It wants to be a charming, down-home good time, but it struggles to hit the right notes.

-Adam GrahamFull Review

Much worse things could happen to a movie than to have these two full-figured gals hold forth. Parton's willing and able to despense the Southernisms. Latifah's fierce when she needs to be.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

My, is there corn. But you'd have to be holding on very tightly to a bad mood to walk away from this meal with a frown.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

An unholy mess.

-Jennie PunterFull Review

Whenever the characters open their mouths to sing, "Joyful Noise" rocks and swings with spirit to spare.

-Rafer GuzmanFull Review

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

-Stephanie MerryFull Review

Latifah, a formidable actress who's almost always better than her movies, easily dominates this...

-Lou LumenickFull Review

"Joyful Noise" follows the book for sprightly musicals and small-town quirk.

-Amy BiancolliFull Review

If it weren't for those musical numbers, Joyful Noise would be a slog. More singing and less talking would have made it better still.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

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

-Ben SachsFull Review

Joyful Noise works best when the screen is filled with music, or when stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are slinging spirited one-liners at each other.

-Mario TarradellFull Review

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

-Stephen HoldenFull Review

A pew-pounding musical drama starring Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, and the skeletal remains of Dolly Parton.

-Ty BurrFull Review

Suspense plays second fiddle to the music, which is a good thing, since the music is pretty great, though also to the two leading ladies' store of folk wisdom.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

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.

-Richard CorlissFull Review

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.

-Carrie RickeyFull Review

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

-Connie OgleFull Review

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

-Randy CordovaFull Review

Queen Latifah radiates such effortless charisma that she can elevate the lousiest film. Unfortunately, that effort seems to have become her norm.

-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review

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

-Michael PhillipsFull Review

The strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.

-Roger EbertFull Review

"Joyful Noise" is cheerful testament to the theory that if you cast your movie right, nothing else much matters.

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

Joyful Noise subscribes to the Tyler Perry school of filmmaking - broad laughs beget life lessons and wisdom about the power of family and the joys of doing the right thing.

-Linda BarnardFull Review


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