Sparkle

Celebrate the legend


Sparkle
Another tale of a Motown group's rise to fame, mainly noteworthy because of Houston's last screen performance. A single mom has raised her three daughters strictly, but they manage to sneak out to practice singing. When an agent puts them together as a group, they follow the typical rise from nobody to somebody before fame brings them trouble and then redemption.

116 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence, Drug abuse).
Drama, Musical.

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Credits

Cast
Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter
Director
Salim Akil
ScreenplayMara Brock Akil, Howard Rosenman
MusicSalaam Remi
CinematographyAnastas N. Michos
EditingTerilyn A. Shropshire
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, Datasat
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2012
Produced byAkil Production Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stage 6 Films, TDJ Enterprises / New Dimension Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, musical
LanguageMild, infrequent
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceStrong, brief
PrejudiceVery mild, infrequent
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseStrong, brief
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
1
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
4
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
2
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Latoys Newman quote iconA coming-of-age story
10
Die Burger
Rozanne Els
10
Box Office
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo quote iconMake no mistake, for all the fans lured in by Houston's last screen performance and women lured in by a career story about female bonds, Sparkle exists as an artifact and beacon, a memorial to and about Whitney Houston.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconSparkle isn't blindingly original but it delivers solid entertainment, and despite the clichés I was never for a moment bored.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconIn a movie that feels fake to its core, Houston is the genuine article. She will be much missed.
5
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconA dull and melodramatic collection of stale clichés
6
Metacritic.com
28 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
85 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWhile undeniably melodramatic and old-fashioned, Sparkle transcends its formulaic trappings thanks to Salim Akil's empathetic direction and strong performances from a committed cast.
12
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
11
Movie Review Intelligence
40 critics
11

What the People say

Internet
1340 Netizens quote iconChix Chat on Film Review: This film sparkles!
9

Average .. 50%

10

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