Rejoice & Shout Synopsis
Filmmaker Don McGlynn examines the history of black gospel music in America.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film is a bit too chronological, but its historical reverence is true to gospel's joyful insistence on locating the spiritual in the...
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75

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
McGlynn's film clocks in at just a shade under two hours, which normally would be a little long for a documentary. In this case, the length...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

Anyone with a casual interest in gospel music stands to learn a lot by seeing Rejoice & Shout; a true fan won't want to miss it.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
For anyone with a keen interest in this unique American musical form, Rejoice and Shout is a must-see and see-again.
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

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Some of the performances in the film (from Mahalia Jackson to The Clara Ward Singers) are deeply affecting and the historical context the...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Its straightforward approach is notably lacking the divine inspiration of its subject. But Don McGlynn's gospel documentary delivers so...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
One is left wondering what exactly the now moldy "anything is possible" sentiments of our 44th president have to do with a music whose...
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40

Time Out New York

No movie that includes Tharpe's blistering electric guitar and the soaring falsetto of the Swan Silvertones' Claude Jeter can be all bad,...
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Only rarely does the film present a genuine insight, such as the observation that many black people loved to dress up in their finest for...
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i am not reviewing

By alexa523
One day a lady was brutally shot and killed. Her son, who was the one who shot her, was haunted by his moms ghost until his death. If you don't copy and post this in 25 movies in 1 minute, the lady...

hang over 2

By ploc805
It was alright but not like # 1...

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Rated PG | For Some mild thematic material and incidental smoking