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Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. -- (C) Sony

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sparkle shamelessly piles on the clichés, but it's an entertaining ride throughout."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
""Sparkle" isn't blindingly original but it delivers solid entertainment, and despite the clichés I was never for a moment bored."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is the second most embarrassing thing to happen to Whitney Houston this year."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Pajiba
"it is impossible not to think of the singers real life rise and fall. Whitney Houston's face does not disguise the descent. You can see the tracks of her tears. She looks a lot older than her 48 years."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
"No one could make a case for this being other than fairly ordinary, but it is at least enjoyable."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Noteworthy only for featuring Whitney Houston's last screen appearance."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Anyone who has seen Dream Girls, What's Love Got To Do With It? or even The Doors will find themselves in familiar (if inferior) territory here ..."
‑ Courtney Shea, Globe and Mail
"Wallowing in melodrama, the film's sole highlight is Whitney Houston's supporting turn in it."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"An energetic cast and some terrific music make up for the rather hackneyed plot of this Dreamgirls-style drama. Remade from a 1976 film, the story is that familiar trajectory of musicians who achieve fame only to fall into a string of ugly problems."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Some sparkle and plenty of motion."
‑ James White, Empire Magazine
"Sparkle is an assembly of parts and pieces from other, better movies - an overly familiar jumble of clichés mashed together."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's nice that "Sparkle" honors the memory of Motown's heyday; if only it could have lived up to those standards."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Whitney Houston's vibrant, final performance adds poignancy to this likeable, breezy remake of a familiar tale."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The National
"Trite and predictable but the musical numbers have heart and there is a poignancy in seeing Houston one last time."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Sparkle isn't Dreamgirls - but fans of schmaltzy showbiz fairytales should enjoy it."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
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