[A] mostly sweet-natured rehash of 'Sister Act 2' by way of 'Glee'...
"Joyful Noise" is a sort of Wal-Mart movie, not exactly trendsetting but a decent enough offering for the heartland.
You'll find yourself rolling your eyes, but you'll have more fun if you try to roll them in time with the rollicking numbers.
Eric D. Snider
Has the good fortune of being acted with enthusiasm by a very appealing cast, or else it would be completely unbearable instead of just mundane.
This movie is a cloying, over-the-top, cheesy sing-a-long that makes "Glee" seem subtle.
[It] bears almost all the liabilities one gets from current studio product, including bloating.
Lots of talented young singers decorate the scenery, notably Jeremy Jordan who has vocal and acting chops that shine even in this bucket of Glee Goes Gospel cornpone.
It wants to be a charming, down-home good time, but it struggles to hit the right notes.
Much worse things could happen to a movie than to have these two full-figured gals hold forth. Parton's willing and able to despense the Southernisms. Latifah's fierce when she needs to be.