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Based on 28 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 28 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Whitney Houston deserved better than to go out onscreen with this botch job remake of a 1976 soap opera that never deserved another thought. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Sparks' strengths include not just a powerful voice but also a radiant niceness, and that becomes part of the story. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Shines brightest during its musical numbers. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sparkle is a solid entertainment with a winning debut by Jordin Sparks in the title role. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A strong cast, empathetic direction and memorable soundtrack help create a movie that does everyone proud. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The look, styles, dialogue and attitudes all feel more 21st century than 1968, but this new Sparkle still sparkles more brightly than its 1976 namesake, which was a sort of rough draft for Dreamgirls. show more

  • 88
    Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Energetic, colorful and packed with strong performances and musical numbers good enough to get by, Sparkle beams brightly. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sparkle isn't blindingly original but it delivers solid entertainment, and despite the clichés I was never for a moment bored. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Most of the stuff that's new in the new Sparkle, written by Mara Brock Akil (who is married to the director), is shrewd and cleverly considered. The stuff that's old is what people responded to back in '76. show more

  • 63
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    While Sparkle doesn't give the audience a lasting memory of Houston's voice at its most soaring, it does manage to provide a lingering sense of loss, mixed with celebration and grim irony. show more

  • December 04, 2012 jamesjowens1
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    I gave this vey entertaining movie 5 stars for the music alone! While this was a sometimes over dramatic story it held my interest . I really thought Whitney Houston did a fine job also as the mother. Her gospel song was a very inspiring and well done by her . Jorden Sparks is wonderful and incredible as well as the girls who played her sisters. They reall did a great job of taking me back in time to the girl groups of the sixties music which I love.I will definitley buy this soundtrack!

  • August 27, 2012 devans63
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    Great movie. The music was great. A movie that I can see with my family. Tika, Carmen and Whitney stood out.

  • August 27, 2012 STEPH
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    I loved it..Can\'t wait for the DVD....I agree I wish I could have seen more of Whitney, but the overall cast was good. I was in the audience routing for the girls.

  • August 26, 2012 qu00000000129472
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    Sparkle was entertaining but lacked the drama in the original movie. There was never a big climatic, on the edge of your seat moment. It was pretty cut and dry. SPOILER ALERT The rewrite on Sister\'s storyline added a little drama, but at the end of the day. . .it was flat. Whitney Houston sings a bit and Tamela Mann does not sing at all. I know the movie is supposed to be about Sparkle, however how can you have these two powerhouse singers in the movie without them doing a little something?? If they sang a but while they were working in the dress shop, cooking in the kitchen and of course the church scene would have been a great place as well. With the right dialogue and preface, it would have worked and not taken away from Sparkle\'s journey towards her own calling or Whitney Houston\'s adversion to her daughter\'s pursuit of music.

  • August 26, 2012 yf00000000128127
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    I was very disappointed in this movie...couldn\'t wait for it to end! I did feel sad watching Whitney and thinking...what a waste of talent...she died so young.

  • August 25, 2012 yc00000000128390
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    Even though it is a remake, there are enough differences for the movie to stand on it\'s own! I LOVED IT! Mike Epps, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, and Tamela Mann brought seasoned acting quality and STAR POWER to the movie; and Jordin Sparks really had a SPARKLING debut performance! I laughed and cried! Such a great experience, I am seeing it again today! Bravo and Encore!

  • August 25, 2012 sharronanita
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    Great Movie, Excellent Casting, I will see this Movie again and take my Husband. 532reed

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  • August 24, 2012 SBTZMom!
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    Just awful! Jordin Sparks can not act, and Whitney Houston has a flat affect....

  • August 24, 2012 Maria
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    Forget what the critics say....Tha's their opiion based on whos who in Hollywood. I Don't usually pay attention to critics.....This GREAT movie beig the perfect example...It was the best movie I have seen in a long time!!! EVERYONE SHOULD GO AND SEE IT WITH ALL THEIR FRIENDS AND FAIMILY!!!

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