Joyful Noise Synopsis
Two strong-willed women (Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton) must work together to win a choir competition.
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Slant Magazine

Joyful Noise certainly has its demographics covered.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie's musical numbers are catchy and rollicking and, in their bright sunshiny way, rather soulful.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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...
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
A well-intentioned, pleasant-enough picture that shoots off in too many directions to ever ignite.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Like most ruckuses, it is frequently loud and not always intelligible.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By 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...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Hot gospel singing and earnest family squabbles are all that distinguish Joyful Noise.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Joyful Noise seems tailor-made for an audience of churchgoers and "Glee" devotees.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Staggeringly cornball and squeaky-clean even when flirting with such issues as interracial sexual rivalries.
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50

Rolling Stone

By 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...
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Tear Jerker Approved

By FabAnt2010
It was beautifully done & directed.. It definitely had a lot of "Hairspray" similarities in regards to singing & such! I enjoyed the story line very much & could definitely relate to each of the...

Joyful Noise - A Feel Good Movie

By Buzzbarnes
We enjoyed the movie very much although we found it to be quite predictable. If you're a Sister Act fan, you'll see alot of similarities. Overall, the music was wonderful and surfaced some new...

JOYFUL NOISE

By eaglemom1
I WENT WITH A COUPLE OF FRIENDS OF MINE & WE LAUGHED & CRYED THRU THIS MOVIE! I LOVED IT! MADE YOU WANT TO FEEL AS IF YOU WANTED TO BE RIGHT IN THERE WITH THEM! I MYSELF CAN SEE IT OVER & OVER. CAN'T...

Pure Love, With Strong Musical Presence and "A" List Performances.

By Alon Patterson
Entertaining, joyous and downright beautiful. What more can you ask from a movie? Parton and Latifah lead a genuine cast to musical perfection here. What this movie lacks in dialogue, it more than...

JOYFUL NOISe

By cfauntleroy
Awesome music and acting...best movie I have seen in a very long time...

Joyful Noise

By dafamily
Amazing! Queen and Dolly are a dynamic comedienne duo. What timing. Each supporting character was equally engaging, witty, and what talent. Really enjoyed the film, and was able to hold back the...

JoyFul Noise

By sdarby410
Joyful Noise was one of the best movies I have seen in awhile. I would highly recommend it. It was very uplifting. I took my 14 year old daughter to see, or she took me. I was really not that...

Predictable

By ladyaia
Yes, there is comfort in hearing familar sayings and predictable outcomes, but I caught byself saying at least three times,"no, she didn't say that". Could have been better....

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By senior fan
They could not find a more appropriate title. Predictable, every cliche in the book used to evoke the emotion they are going for. Some would call the film blatant fan manipulation, and I loved it. ...

The singing is fun & energizing

By jnburd
The movie is more like a musical, so if you don't like that style of a movie, you might want to skip it as the storyline isn't that strong. Took 5 13 yr old girls and they loved it!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some language including a sexual reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Uplifting but cliched film has great songs, bland story.
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