A would-be music promoter (Chris O'Dowd) sees something special in a singing group of Australian Aboriginal sisters and takes them to Vietnam to perform for American troops.
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" A very conventional story of a '60s Australian girl group gains extra power from its context and setting in this fact-based story set to the beat of Motown soul. "
" "The Sapphires" is a bit like a puppy you're trying to house break. It may have its bad cinematic moments but it's just so darn appealing that you have to love it. "
" It's pure joy. "
" The scandal of Mr. Clark's more recent movies, including "Wassup Rockers" and "Ken Park" and this new one, resides more in its tedium and lack of insight than its strenuously provocative content. "
" While the fish-out-of-water story remains a little overused, the sweet soul music still provides a terrific hook. "
" The film has elements of a Masterpiece Theater-style Cinderella story. But its dimensional portrait of proper upper-class British society calling into question its long-held convictions about status and tradition is compelling. "
" The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime. "
" Draining most of the blood, sweat and tears from a true story, this music-minded movie capably covers a song we've heard a hundred times before. "
" The performers improve it, or save it, depending on your viewpoint. "
" Why resist? "
" It's a sweet little tale, and that co-writer Tony Briggs is the son of one of the real-life singers adds to the heart-tugging. In the end, though, it's not quite enough to sustain a feature-length film. "
" The Sapphiresshouldn't gleam as brightly as it does. The up-from-struggle story follows the predictable form of movies like these, from Dreamgirls to The Commitments. But there's such a sense of joy ... that it's hard not to be won over. "
" "The Sapphires" illustrates how the same old story - in this case, the one about a 1960s girl group and its struggles - can be freshened up through the novelties of place and characterization. "
" Two things elevate screenwriter Ben Ripley's otherwise average drama: the stunning choral music ... and Hoffman's wisely underplayed, brooding take on the choirmaster, Carvelle. "
" "The Sapphires" sparkles with sass and Motown soul. "
" For the most part Aussie director Wayne Blair's feature debut is snappy and fresh. "
" "The Sapphires" feels like a movie you've already seen, but it's nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable, like a pop song that's no less infectious when you know every word. "
" You could drive an Abrams tank through the film's plot holes, but you'll likely be too busy enjoying yourself to bother. "
" Let's trivialize a legacy of cruelty and denigration, in a country where indigenous people suffered from centuries of human rights abuse! And let's make the carnage of Vietnam look like a paintball game! "
" [A] genial, entertaining, cliche-ridden showbiz story from Australia. "
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