Sparkle (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2012
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While undeniably melodramatic and old-fashioned, Sparkle transcends its formulaic trappings thanks to Salim Akil's empathetic direction and strong performances from a committed cast.

Richard Roeper

Sparkle shamelessly piles on the clichés, but it's an entertaining ride throughout.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Sparkle" isn't blindingly original but it delivers solid entertainment, and despite the clichés I was never for a moment bored.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

With Whitney Houston gone, the baton passing becomes more than metaphorical. If you enjoy power-drama, 1960s girl-group nostalgia, and virtuoso pop singing-this is your movie.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

Noteworthy only for featuring Whitney Houston's last screen appearance.

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Courtney Shea
Globe and Mail

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 ...

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J. Olson

"Sparkle" has its bright spots - mostly in the middle of the film - and Epps and Ojogo shine.

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James Berardinelli

Sparkle is an assembly of parts and pieces from other, better movies - an overly familiar jumble of clichés mashed together.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's nice that "Sparkle" honors the memory of Motown's heyday; if only it could have lived up to those standards.

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Eric D. Snider

This is the second most embarrassing thing to happen to Whitney Houston this year.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I thought the actress who played Sister walked away with this movie (Carmen Ejogo). I thought Jordin was supposed to be the star in this, her debut movie. I… More
Cameron Johnson
I don't really see too much potential in a dramatic study on the rise of Robin Scherbatsky as Robin Sparkles, but I do indeed love "How I Met Your… More
William Dunmyer
"Sparkle" is a good musical melodrama but not much more than that. It stars Jordin Sparks, in her acting debut. Ms. Sparks is certainly competent, but… More
Jeff Boam
Not so much a Sparkle as a Glimmer, Whitney Houston's heavy-handed swan song showcases an uneven musical that's light on music and high on… More
Glenn Gaylord
The original SPARKLE was set in 1950s Harlem, and this remake moves things to 1960s Detroit, perhaps to better link things to the Motown era and distance itself… More
Sol C
The film was so so. It kind of reminded me a lot of Dreamgirls. However, I liked that film better than this one. I never saw the original. On the positive, the… More