Joyful Noise
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The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.'s… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'..."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Has the good fortune of being acted with enthusiasm by a very appealing cast, or else it would be completely unbearable instead of just mundane."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Noise it is, joyful it is not."
‑ David Keyes,
"If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer a million miles clear. But then this film was never for you."
‑ , Film4
"Corny and contrived, this provides both leading ladies with sweet ballads and tart one-liners and at least they resisted the temptation to set it all at Christmas."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
""Joyful Noise" is a sort of Wal-Mart movie, not exactly trendsetting but a decent enough offering for the heartland."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This movie is a cloying, over-the-top, cheesy sing-a-long that makes "Glee" seem subtle."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"In what ends up as a nightmarish fusion of Glee and Sister Act 2, a mixed-race church choir makes a bid for glory by painfully "Christianising" scraps of once perfectly acceptable pop songs."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Disarmingly heart-warming in its musical prowess and lazy in its storytelling development, hoping that the former - plus the big names - will attract a large enough crowd to keep it buoyant at the box office."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie,
"Larger than life and twice as loud, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton trade snappy one-liners and spirited musical numbers in Joyful Noise, an enjoyably corny musical comedy about a gospel choir seeking to uplift a depressed Southern town."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"You'll find yourself rolling your eyes, but you'll have more fun if you try to roll them in time with the rollicking numbers."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"[It] bears almost all the liabilities one gets from current studio product, including bloating."
‑ Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"If you've the slightest aversion to camp, you should obviously steer clear. But then this film was never for you. It's for the spiritual year-round inhabitants of Dollywood."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Even numbers by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson take on a religious note. Not much of a God-given screenplay, however."
‑ , This is London
"In the end, it's impossible to resist the film's exuberant high spirits."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
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