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Fresh: A bright and breezy musical that puts a breath of spring in this clammy late-summer season.
- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, August 16, 2012
Fresh: "Sparkle" trafficks in the same gorgeous Motown style -- sonic and visual -- that made the original film, and "Dreamgirls" after it, such delectable fun.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 17, 2012
Rotten: Noteworthy only for featuring Whitney Houston's last screen appearance.
- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, August 27, 2012
I liked the music, costumes and plot. I don't think Jordin Sparks is that great of an actress to lead a movie all by herself though. She's not terrible by any means, by she needs improving. The best actress was probably Whitney Houston. I also felt that they rushed some of it. I mean we never really saw a relationship form between Sister and Satin. All of sudden, they were just like "He we're getting married". And we never saw much of a relationship form between Sparkle and Stix either. Overall, the film wasn't bad but could have been a lot better. Ended up feeling like a budget Dreamgirls.
- mrbicklethepickle, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I thought the actress who played Sister walked away with this movie (Carmen Ejogo). I thought Jordin was supposed to be the star in this, her debut movie. I love her voice; a beautiful girl, but one who should take acting lessons before she makes another movie. Whitney was just so...sad. I was sorry to see her like this. The music was pretty good, as well as the male actors. Dreamgirls was better, but this film made a good effort...
- itsjustme2004, Monday, May 20, 2013