Rejoice & Shout
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Rejoice and Shout traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles - the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements. Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture - slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, civil rights and empowerment. Rejoice and Shout connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The challenge in creating a historical nonfiction music film is getting the right balance of information and song; McGlynn wisely stressed the music."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As both musical and educational experience, Rejoice and Shout offers plenty of reason to do just that."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The result is an uneven film, despite all the talent on display and the importance of the project."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not enough rejoicing, too much shouting."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
""Rejoice" is both a history and an appreciation of gospel, and works on both counts."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"If you don't know gospel music, really know it, you are missing out on a lot, but don't lose faith. "Rejoice and Shout," a vibrant and comprehensive new documentary will take you there in style."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Ends up being far from authoritative and misses some key opportunities to dig deep into intriguing characters and issues."
‑ David Malitz, Washington Post
"The film includes a number of outstanding musical performances by gospel groups, soloists and other musicians. This is a good film for fans of gospel music, or those who want to find out more about the history of gospel music."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A lingering look at the world of gospel music"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"An exhaustively comprehensive documentary on the 200-year musical history of African-American Christianity, Don McGlynn's movie is a defacto concert film, buoyed as it is with stirring rare performances."
‑ Brent Simon,
"A relentlessly chronological, talking-head documentary that sets itself the impossible task of telling the whole rousing, spirit-lifting story of African American Christian music from slavery till now."
‑ Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"'Rejoice and Shout' treats a long century and could have been more incisive and included fuller performance clips by dispensing with head interviews that interrupt often and at length."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The performances unearthed by director Don McGlynn... are just so energetic and captivating."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"Ecstatic testifying, dynamic vocals, conventional structure..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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