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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a rags-to-riches story that doesn't miss a stop along the well-trod ghetto-to-musical-charts path, but makes its journey with tuneful conviction."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Good performances from the principals and a score by Curtis Mayfield nearly raise this film to a more distinguished level."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hackneyed, ho-hum 1976 feature about a black girl group, clearly modeled on the Supremes."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Predictable rise-to-fame tale with gangs, drugs, violence."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Drab as it is, Sparkle's worth renting for Lorette McKee's performance and the cast renditions of Mayfield's songs. But if you're going to buy anything it should be the soundtrack album."
‑ , Film4
"It's a lousy movie, the kind where camp does not manage to equal fun."
‑ David Cornelius,
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