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Joyful Noise

comedy, music & musicals, romance


Oscar® nominees Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star in this funny and inspirational story of music, hope, love and renewal.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    33%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Uplifting but cliched film has great songs, bland story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, overall, Joyful Noise is more wholesome than not, despite some swearing (including "s--t" and "bitch") and sexual content (kissing/making out; implied sex between adults). Set in a struggling Georgia town where the only thing giving residents hope is a church choir on the way to the regional sing-off, the movie also has some moderate conflict between choir members, a fist fight that leaves two teens bloody and bruised, and angry confrontations between a teenage girl yearning for independence and her mother, who wants to protect her. But the characters generally want the best for each other, and the movie's underlying uplifting messages are about faith and spirituality.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Joyful Noise's messages. What do you think filmmakers want audiences to take away? How can you tell?
  • Are the characters (particularly the teens) believable? Do you think their decisions are relatable?
  • Talk about the relationship between Olivia and her mother. Why are they fighting? Is it possible they're both right?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    33%
    reviews counted: 19
    see all Joyful Noise reviews
  • Audience

    66%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It wants to be a charming, down-home good time, but it struggles to hit the right notes.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, January 13, 2012

Rotten: "Joyful Noise" follows the book for sprightly musicals and small-town quirk.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rotten: It's hard to enjoy the movie's charms when writer-director Todd Graff keeps trying to shove them down your throat.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, January 12, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Joyful Noise was indeed joyful. I liked it. I thought it had an essence of Glee and Sister Act going for it. The movie had a lot of emotions going on in it. You had mourning, joy, silliness, humor, and a lot of the times, heartfelt scenes. I thought everyone did a great job. I couldn't believe the Queen put Ms. Dolly in a headlock. That was pretty funny. It's something to watch with the kids. I enjoyed the singing and the ribbing Dolly and the Queen gave each other. I would probably see this again."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, November 27, 2012

3 stars

"Joyful Noise was indeed joyful. I liked it. I thought it had an essence of Glee and Sister Act going for it. The movie had a lot of emotions going on in it. You had mourning, joy, silliness, humor, and a lot of the times, heartfelt scenes. I thought everyone did a great job. I couldn't believe the Queen put Ms. Dolly in a headlock. That was pretty funny. It's something to watch with the kids. I enjoyed the singing and the ribbing Dolly and the Queen gave each other. I would probably see this again."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, November 27, 2012

3 stars

Corny, sappy and predictable, but I expected that. Big payoff at the end, which I expected and enjoyed. The rest of the movie was average at best. Dolly Parton's face is quite comical....

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, October 14, 2012