Sparkle (1976)

A trio of musically talented Harlem sisters rise to become major stars of the '50s. Unfortunately, their sudden popularity causes much turmoil in their lives. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 7, 1976
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

TV Guide

Good performances from the principals and a score by Curtis Mayfield nearly raise this film to a more distinguished level.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Hackneyed, ho-hum 1976 feature about a black girl group, clearly modeled on the Supremes.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Predictable rise-to-fame tale with gangs, drugs, violence.

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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.

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David Cornelius

It's a lousy movie, the kind where camp does not manage to equal fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Sunil Jawahir
Had its ups and downs but the music is just great. Loved Mary Alice as Effie.