Sparkle Synopsis
Three sisters form a successful singing group.
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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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75

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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75

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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75

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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70

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...
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67

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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63

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...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Shines brightest during its musical numbers.
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60

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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25

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...
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Sparkle Sparkles!!!

By nurseypie2005
OK, I'll be the first to admit that I am one of the many Loyalists to the 1976 original. I was a bit eerie about remaking such a classic favorite. But, to my surprise, I was impressed. The updated...

A Must See

By Redhot4u2c
There are a lot of changes in this movie from the original, but the message is still the same. I myself had to seperate the old from the new, so that I could thoroughly appreciate the changes. I was...

Sparkle

By silverback62
Very entertaining movie. I grew up during the time period that the movie portrays so I loved the music. Whitney Huston played her role very well. The songs were well done!...

Passing the Torch

By WTTaylor
Sparkle is an excellent and exceptional movie on a lot of different levels. What has turned out to be Whitney Houston's swan song, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" is beautiful and quintessential Whitney....

one of the greatest movies of our time

By konnichiwa48
Sparkle is a good movie i cryed like a baby one of the best movies i have ever seen the acting was out of this world Mike E was great i almost didnt know it was him well...

Sparkle/OJ

By phattphine
Very refreshing, a great introduction to Jordin Sparks...I went out and purchased the CD from WalMart that opening night... Whitney sang HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW and tore it UP!!!! The audience...

Very Good!!! A Smashing Success!

By Sunshyne153
I enjoyed the movie....a bit different from the original, but refreshing. Whitney looked beautiful, I did shed a few tears when she sung. I think the girls Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo...

Very good and inspiring movie!

By businessfunds
I don't want to give away the movie but I'm going to say that Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) had to overcome tough obstacles in this movie. She did an amazing job singing. Whitney Houston performance was...

Great Movie

By dantemallory
I loved it. The cast did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed the twist from the original movie which came out the year I was born. Go see it....

Sparkled

By Coolassal
Neva wanted to watch the original, I jus didnt care enuff to wanna invest my time, so i was skeptical abt this one. Whatta pleasant surprise, it was really well put together cast, story was great ,...

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Rated PG-13 | For Drug Material, Domestic Abuse, Some Violence, Language, Mature Thematic Content and Smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Whitney Houston's final film has some mature elements.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
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