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.
" 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. "
" A solid, stirring song sung with more sincerity than polish. "
" While the fish-out-of-water story remains a little overused, the sweet soul music still provides a terrific hook. "
" Despite some predictable facets, The Sapphires shines brightly. "
" 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. "
" Sapphires is hardly a cinematic diamond mine. But this Commitments-style mashup of music and melodrama manages to entertain without demanding too much of its audience. "
" "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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