Sparkle (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

Though on paper the movie sounds like a slick relationship comedy, it plays much more realistically.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Strongly natural performances and a likeable cast, plus a subtle examination of more serious themes, make it well worth seeing.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Low-budget with a subtle script and real, rounded characters.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

A little more cinematic flair might have made Sparkle live up to its title better.

Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

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.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Sparkle it doesn't, but it's well performed.

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Neil Smith
Independent (UK)

The Graduate comes to London in this thoughtful Britcom.

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Peter Bradshaw

Funny, likable and watchable, with some nice performances, particularly from Bob Hoskins as a lovelorn older man.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon Anderson
A stellar supporting cast try to lift this above the mundane but the hackneyed script shackles it to dullsville.