Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Sep 27, 2012
    90
    A comedy about an all-female collegiate a cappella group. And to paraphrase one of the characters in the movie, it's A-Ca-Awesome.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 26, 2012
    90
    Rebel Wilson is the peroxided Aussi who stole scenes as Kristen Wiig's roommate in "Bridesmaids," and this is the role that will turn her into a star.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 28, 2012
    88
    Bouncy vocal rearrangements of pop songs, sparkling choreography and a hilarious script make for a movie that's made to be obsessed over, seen 50 times, quoted as devoutly as such sacred texts as "Heathers" and "Bring It On."
  4. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Sep 27, 2012
    83
    The script finishes up exactly where you think it will, but along the way, there are enough surprises and perfectly delivered lines to make it a blast.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Dec 21, 2012
    80
    The soundtrack's ironic bent might dissuade older viewers (Simple Minds are venerated), but they'd be missing out on one of the best musical comedies since A Mighty Wind. The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.
  6. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Dec 17, 2012
    80
    It's the kind of silly you can only get away with when your writing is very smart. A little bit odd and very, very funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 28, 2012
    80
    One of the finest sequences is a "riff-off" between the boys and the girls, a West Side Story-style showdown that plays out with shards of songs instead of switchblades.
  8. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    A spirited, irreverent and hugely fun comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 28, 2012
    75
    The campus comedy Pitch Perfect harmonizes high-end performance with low-brow spoofery. It's like a National Lampoon parody where the targets write the jokes.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 28, 2012
    75
    For the most part, it works brilliantly.
  11. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Sep 28, 2012
    75
    Impossible not to like.
  12. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Sep 28, 2012
    75
    Pitch Perfect pitches itself between "Bridesmaids" and "Glee," which is to say it celebrates the low-down raunchiness of girls being girls among girls, while delivering a snap-crackle-and-pop music catharsis. Yes, folks, rock is dead, but long live showbiz.
  13. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 27, 2012
    75
    Any movie that features a character calling herself Fat Amy has a pretty firm grip on irony. It helps that Fat Amy is played by Rebel Wilson ("Bachelorette," "Bridesmaids"), my favorite eccentric Aussie practitioner of lip-curled comic timing.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 27, 2012
    75
    The spirited a cappella singing in Pitch Perfect makes a predictable, feather-light coming-of-age film irresistibly fun.
  15. 70
    She has the perfect nervy, nerdy, needy alter ego in Anna Kendrick.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 26, 2012
    70
    Pitch Perfect is an enjoyably snarky campus romp that's both wildly nerdy and somewhat sexy.
  17. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 26, 2012
    70
    As spirited and irresistible as the college a cappella craze it celebrates, Pitch Perfect is a cheeky delight.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Sep 28, 2012
    67
    What we have is a not-very-funny college comedy for tweens, full of unappealing characters and, although the musical arrangements are fun, some truly unimaginative choreography.
  19. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 27, 2012
    67
    All told, Pitch Perfect isn't all that good – but it's an awfully good sport.
  20. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 26, 2012
    67
    Without the music, the movie might have been painful, but the songs, Auto-Tuned and processed as they are, generate a hooky bliss. They're the chewy center of this ultra-synthetic hard candy.
  21. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 27, 2012
    63
    The college singing-group comedy Pitch Perfect isn't dumb, but Kendrick's participation implies that it might also be smart. And sometimes it is.
  22. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 27, 2012
    63
    I smiled for the first half of the movie and started laughing hysterically when a supporting character hijacked it from its stars.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 27, 2012
    63
    Kendrick is terrific, taking a role that could have slid by on snide and building it into something uniquely funny and touching.
  24. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Nov 25, 2012
    60
    Gleeks and Glee-haters alike should rally around this raucous musical comedy. Rebel Wilson is hilarious, Anna Kendrick is terrific and there are as many gross-out gags as there are singing numbers.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 28, 2012
    60
    The music, of course, is the engine that makes the whole exercise go, tapping into a genre-spanning collection of tunes, but every bit as important to the film's success is its unexpected humor, which flirts with raunchy but stops juuuust short of crossing any lines that would have earned it an R rating.
  26. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 27, 2012
    60
    What helps offset the predictable in this very predictable movie is a series of show-stopping numbers, so props to the folks who oversaw music and choreography. But the true saving grace is a few of the central players.
  27. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 27, 2012
    60
    How you respond to Pitch Perfect will depend primarily on how you feel about its obvious inspirations: "Glee," "Bring It On" and the food-poisoning scene from "Bridesmaids."
  28. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 25, 2012
    60
    This film could have done with a few more mouth beats and unlikely moments of extracurricular celebrity.
  29. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    Pitch Perfect looks, sounds, and feels like pretty much every other movie that features a singing or dancing competition.
  30. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 26, 2012
    50
    Theoretically, the "Bring It On" model can be applied to any remotely performative art. All it takes is a certain level of sass, some eye-catching performance showcases, and a plot where a talented outsider livens up a moribund group with some fresh ideas. Pitch Perfect slaps that stencil onto college a cappella singing groups, with a smattering of success.
  31. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 26, 2012
    50
    The Higgins performance owes more than a little to Fred Willard's unforgettable dog show commentary in "Best in Show," but it was clear that Willard was part of a telecast.
  32. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    Jason Moore's film is more or less successful in inverse proportion to the degree that it plays its material by the book.
  33. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 27, 2012
    40
    Only occasionally funny and not at all illuminating about the rich world of a cappella singing.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Sep 30, 2012
    10
    So funny. Rebel Wilson will become famous because of this film. Highly recommended. My wife dragged me to this one, but I am glad that I went. 10/10 Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    6
    Perfect Pitch is not a great movie .. but it is entertaining.
  3. Oct 7, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Pitch Perfect is about a young girl named Beca (Anna Kendrick) who is attending college for the first time. Her dad, who is a teacher at the University, is up her ass the whole time about making new friends, and trying new things Full Review »