St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
Energetic, colorful and packed with strong performances and musical numbers good enough to get by, Sparkle beams brightly.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Sparkle is a solid entertainment with a winning debut by Jordin Sparks in the title role.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Sparks' strengths include not just a powerful voice but also a radiant niceness, and that becomes part of the story.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sparkle isn't blindingly original but it delivers solid entertainment, and despite the clichés I was never for a moment bored.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sparkle is never more than an overheated mediocrity. The one thing it isn't, however, is dull.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's a better movie than what's inspired it, but that fails to explain much. It's like preferring the line at the concession stand to the one for the bathroom.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Shines brightest during its musical numbers.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A strong cast, empathetic direction and memorable soundtrack help create a movie that does everyone proud.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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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54 out of 100
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