The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer (1927)

On the verge of receivership in 1926, Warner Bros. studio decides to risk its future by investing in the Vitaphone sound system. Warners' first Vitaphone release, Don Juan, was a silent film accompanied by music and sound effects. The… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 1927
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

In cities where the Vitaphone can be installed and reproduce his voice this picture will eminently repay attendance.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's ragged and dull until the magical moment when Jolson turns to the camera to announce, 'You ain't heard nothin' yet' -- a line so loaded with unconscious irony that it still raises a few goose bumps.

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Emanuel Levy

The Jazz Singer is not a good picture artistically, but it's historically significant and Al Johnson is truly entertaining

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Variety Staff

Undoubtedly the best thing Vitaphone has ever put on the screen.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Of its time, surely, 'The Jazz Singer' is nevertheless better than one expects going in.

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Jordan Hiller

The Jazz Singer is a shallow attempt by a powerful group of straying Jews to clear their consciences.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

The Vitaphoned songs and some dialogue have been introduced most adroitly.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A film whose appeal is almost solely historical, for a multitude of reasons.

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TV Guide

By today's standards, The Jazz Singer is mawkish, crudely filmed, and full of schmaltz. Yet it remains fascinating in its historical value, not only for its technical innovation.

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Carlos Magalhães
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Sophie Burgess
An amazing film for its time! I feel awestruck that THIS was the first ever feature length film to include synchronised sound. The narrative and themes are… More
Phil Hubbs
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Aj V
Finally after years of hearing about this movie and seeing clips from it in historical film documentaries, I finally watched it! And I really liked it too!… More
jay nixon
Hoary old chestnut that should be seen for its historical significance, aside from that its the ripest kind of melodrama. Overwrought acting, clutched bosoms,… More
Devon Bott
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