Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton's Joyful Noise Labelled 'A Hot Holy Mess'

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Reviews of Dolly Parton 's new movie Joyful Noise have been less than complimentary to the country music star, who celebrates her 66th birthday next week. The New York Times critic, Stephen Holden, went so far as to summarise the movie, "A lower echelon of musical comedy hell (or heaven, if you love the hoariest musical comedy cliches)."
The film, which also stars Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan, centres around a gospel choir who face internal fighting and struggles as they prepare for a national competition. It features the choir singing gospel versions of a number of popular songs, including 'Man In The Mirror' by Michael Jackson. The Chicago Sun Times critic Roger Ebert remarked on its musical content by saying "The strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs." Melissa Anderson of Village Voice called the movie "A hot holy mess of the sacred and the inane."
It wasn't all bad news for the lightweight musical comedy, though. The Washington Post's Stephanie Merry argued that "despite some mawkish dialogue, there's something to be said for leaving the theater with a smile." Dolly Parton's performance in the film may not have attracted rave reviews but a new chest tattoo that she appears to have between her breasts has certainly been turning heads. The small bouquet of flowers was just visible when she wore a low-cut dress to the film's premiere.


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Just went to see Joyful Noise today and although the movie was not filled with intense dialogue, special effects, suspense and drama it was a great movie. I would have never put Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah together, but they make an excellent team! Jeremey Jordan and Keke Palmer have fantastic voices. The movie made you laugh, smile, tap your feet, since and want to get up and clap you hands with the music...and a lot of others in the theater with us seemed to feel the same way! All in all you leave the theater with a smile and a song in your heart....what's up with you critics?
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PEOPLE, It's a COMEDY. Calling it a hot mess is one person's little opinion. What's a mess for the so-called expert is possibly someone else's "JOYFUL NOISE"!!!!
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Oh my gosh, Joyful Noise is the best movie I've seen in a long time. Went last week to see the Desendents....and this is suppose to be one of the top movies? Give me a break! I can't believe George Clooney would stoop that low to be in such a filthy talking, no story, boring movie. Joyful noise makes you laugh, cry, and feel good about yourself. Sure tops the last few movies I had to pay to watch. I hope they come out with a Joyful Noise 2!
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