Excerpt: "Joyful Noise" features some great music, a few laughs from Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, and promising young talent with Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan, but a weak script makes the rest of the film quite unbearable.
Excerpt: The idea of the film Joyful Noise is much more interesting in the telling than the actual execution. In brief, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton are the leading women behind the church choir of a small Georgia town fallen on hard times.
Conclusion: 'Joyful Noise' is a mediocre, but overall sweet attempt to capitalize on the 'Glee' craze. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make for an entertaining on screen duo, but their chemistry and soulful voices can't elevate the thoroughly mediocre script. Video and audio are both good, offering a pleasing viewing experience. Supplements are pretty basic, but fans might enjoy the extended musical performances. Forgettable but harmless, this is a rental at best.
Excerpt: This is the best Christ-sploitation movie ever made for an audience outside of the Christ-sploitation circle. There’s an uncomfortable aura surrounding the expletive-filled dialogue that is nothing short of hilarious, about as “in” with its target audience as a bloody brawl down the by the quarry… which also happens. Oh, and then, pre-marital sex leads to a funeral played for laughs, only to turn into a play on racist stereotypes.
Excerpt: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, though a generation apart, have carved out undeniably unique roles for themselves in an industry that ordinarily insists on easy categories. Both broke out as iconoclastic musicians in their respective genres of country and rap, and both transitioned into remarkably successful acting careers, each playing roles essentially tailor-made to their personalities, since neither seems capable of actually disappearing into a role.
Excerpt: Like so many formulaic films about underdog triumph—sports films, dance films, snobs-vs.-slobs films— Joyful Noise is shameless about exaggerating for broad effect, and about flatly contradicting or undermining itself in the service of any touching or audience-rousing moment. It’s a film about triumph, but only for people who can accept every joyous or fierce moment as triumphant, regardless of how poorly it follows from the moment before it.
Conclusion: For all its good intentions, Joyful Noise falls flat, delivers little, and isn't inspiring, uplifting or, truth be told, very spiritual at all. Even churchgoers and choir members will be left with a stale taste in their mouths, wondering how a film that speaks so highly of God could be so disconnected from His actual message.