The Sapphires Synopsis
In 1968, an Australian girl group sings soul music for American troops in Vietnam.
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Entertainment Weekly

The Sapphires is a movie for your heart (and your ears and moneymaker), not your head.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Sapphires isn't flawless, but who cares? It's a joyous affair that's distinguished by its music, and by the buoyant spirit of its...
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The Hollywood Reporter

An exuberant celebration of Aboriginality that fizzes with humor and heart; its soulfulness goes beyond the embrace of a jukebox full of...
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
The upstart Sapphires are a smash to watch as they cover soul tunes like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “What a Man” and “I Can’t Help...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The group’s lead singer is Julie (Jessica Mauboy, an Australian R&B singer and runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol). You could...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You could call it an Aussie "Dreamgirls." I'd call it a blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
This mostly upbeat crowd-pleaser soothes the audience with glistening harmonies and familiar songs and doesn’t always handle the ugly past...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A potent combination of rousing music, appealing performances and an uplifting story renders this film-festival favorite nearly impossible...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Nell Minow
The Sapphires is clearly a labor of love for all involved. It's also a warm tribute to four women for whom success as performers was just...
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Chicago Sun-Times

The Sapphires is clearly a labor of love for all involved. It's also a warm tribute to four women for whom success as performers was just...
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Great movie!

By Ron_51
In a season of largely disappointing movies, this was a very bright spot. A strong story and great music set in a very interesting period of time. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat. Highly...

Funny, romantic, inspirational

By pedsarq
This movie rocks! Actually, it has soul! The music these characters sing is the best of the 60s soul, but it's more than that. It's the music that fed the civil rights movement with passion. ...

Such an Up!

By abh
The music is 100% fabulous. Although it's not a deep movie, the context of racism, Viet Nam, and living in the '60s made it very interesting. That the girls were not especially pretty made it even...

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By So Cal Usa
The Sapphires is a wonderful, entertaining movie. It's funny at times, sad at times, and has great music and acting. Make sure you stay for the "where are they now" credits at the end....

Great characters!

By UpperWestSider1
This is definitely a feel-good movie, but that doesn't mean that character development has been sacrificed. The music is great, but what will stay with me is the personalities of the people in the...

Uplifting and entertaining

By sbhawn3636
This film engaged me from the first to the last -- exotic culture and history backdrop was educational an\d visually fresh. Inspirational, and a reminder that love and persistence never fail. I...

So, so what

By iknowbest
Perhaps the heroines were amateurrs and the movie wanted to reflect that. But for the very feel good ending, a most enjoyable Chris Dowd, and an interesting bit of information about the Viet Nam War,...

The Sapphires is a gem

By rayeroth1
The tread of truth and awareness to bigotry are supported with great music. If you like soul and the moves of the '60's you will be informed and entertained....

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By bjack123
I was in the military during and I vividly remember the USO entertainers visiting the troops. This movie brought back many memories and remained true to form....

There should be Oscar-buzz about this one!

By Le_Cinephile_Topaze
This is such a topical, funny, poignant and straightforward portrayal of the 60s, racism, Vietnam - with underlying tones of romance, lust, and ambition. Chris O'Dowd is Hollywood's most recent...

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Rated PG-13 | For Smoking, Sexuality, A Scene of War Violence, Some Language and Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Interesting true story has good music, not enough soul.
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