The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer (1980)

This third remake of the 1927 film stars pop-singer Neil Diamond as the Jewish lad who dreams of stardom against the wishes of his cantor father (Laurence Olivier).

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 19, 1980
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The most cautious soft-rock superstar movie debut you'll ever get to see.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Richard Fleischer's direction is appropriately close-in and small, and Diamond himself, while no actor, proves to be a commandingly intense, brooding presence.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

painfully schmaltzy

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Jazz Singer has so many things wrong with it that a review threatens to become a list.

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Steve Crum

Stick with Jolson's version via 1927. Or even the Danny Thomas take. Skip Neil.

Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Diamond tries his best. Olivier over compensates, but the songs are classic.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Diamond, looking glum and seldom making eye contact with anyone, isn't enough of a focus for the outmoded story.

TV Guide

The third and, one hopes, final remake of THE Jazz Singer is the least interesting attempt so far.

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The roughest of Diamonds, this will only interest fans of the singer and those with a passion for poor pictures.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Erin Collins
This was a pretty good movie. Some of the acting was really cheesy, but I thought it was entertaining enough.
Lee Kyle
Great for fans of the singer as i am but however this is a musical and i only like about two of them.
Chad Roesti
I had to watch this damn movie a bunch when I was a kid - NOTHING ELSE ON GODDAMN IT HBO!