'Joyful Noise' Can't Be Saved by Queen Latifah or Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in 'Joyful Noise'I'm going to be brutally honest: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah may be two super talented women, but man, does their new movie together look bad. In fact, if you're planning on seeing Joyful Noise, which opens in theaters today, be prepared to be underwhelmed. Oh, don't just take my word for it. Reviews are in!

Directed by Todd Graff, Joyful Noise follows one church choir's journey toward Los Angeles for a national singing competition with a new director in charge (Queen Latifah). In the film, power couple Parton and Latifah are joined by KeKe Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, and Courtney B. Vance among others. To be honest, though, the whole premise of the film doesn't exactly sound like my cup of tea. So what do the critics say? Check out the Joyful Noise reviews after the jump:


Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

Joyful Noise is an ungainly assembly of parts that don't fit, and the strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.

Christy Lemire, Associated Press:

If some incarnation of Glee were to be developed for the Christian Broadcasting Network, it would probably look a lot like Joyful Noise.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:

The movie's all right, if you can take its rampant artificiality -- and I'm not even talking about Parton's face yet ... The cast of Joyful Noise is dealing with adequate material, at best, and the noise is more dutiful than joyful.

Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice:

A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane.

Welp, looks like a flop. If you're into good music though, I'd say definitely check out the soundtrack. Take a look at the Joyful Noise trailer here:

Are you planning on seeing Joyful Noise, despite the reviews?


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