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From the directors of Lawless Heart comes SPARKLE, a hilarious and heart-warming comedy about life, love, and getting ahead in the twenty-first century. Sam Sparkes (Shaun Evans) is a 22 year old with ambitions: move to London and join the glamorous PR world. When Vince (Bob Hoskins) finds Sam a job as a waiter, he meets his soon-to-be PR boss, Sheila (Stockard Channing). Sensing opportunity, Sam charms himself a job as Sheila's PA... and her lover. But when Sam falls for Kate (Amanda Ryan), he instigates a series of family betrayals and romantic mishaps. As balancing his job and love life… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though on paper the movie sounds like a slick relationship comedy, it plays much more realistically."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Strongly natural performances and a likeable cast, plus a subtle examination of more serious themes, make it well worth seeing."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Low-budget with a subtle script and real, rounded characters."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The plot of Sparkle fails to shine."
‑ , Sun Online
"An appealing little British comedy with a fun concept, a witty script and an uplifting ending. Bob Hoskins is a real stand-out: if only the film's hero had his sparkle."
‑ Anna Smith, Film4
"Most effective when the deceits perpetrated not just by Sam but by several others begin to take their wretched toll, and a real sense of pain intrudes."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A little more cinematic flair might have made Sparkle live up to its title better."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Inertly plotted, haltingly paced, further embarrassed by Bob Hoskins in shyly lovesick mode, this broken-backed mess is fitfully illuminated by Anthony Head in a camp turn and the American Stockard Channing, her style as immaculate as her English accent."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"A bittersweet joy."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Thank heavens for Hoskins, Manville and Channing, whose weathered sparkle is enough to satisfy none-too-demanding rom-com requirements."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Sparkle it doesn't, but it's well performed."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The Graduate comes to London in this thoughtful Britcom."
‑ Neil Smith, Independent
"Funny, likable and watchable, with some nice performances, particularly from Bob Hoskins as a lovelorn older man."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Shades of The Graduate colour this small but charming Brit-flick with the Mrs Robinson role taken by Stockard Channing."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"Sparkle reveals both a clarity of vision and an undeniably infectious charm."
‑ Jason Wood, Little White Lies
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