The Sapphires

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 3, 2013
    60
    It's an amiable film with some great musical moments and the classic "growing success" montage showing them on the road in south-east Asia. On music, identity and race, the film has a big beating heart in the right place.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen E Jones
    Mar 3, 2013
    60
    A feelgooder spiced by social conscience, this is one of those underdog productions with potential to punch well above its weight.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 25, 2013
    58
    The Sapphires may be your stock triumph-over-adversity show-biz story – but then, how is it that we never get tired of seeing that story?
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 3, 2013
    58
    Marred by excessive sentiment, it has a buoyancy and a hook that makes it stand out -- but they're elements that would help it kill on Broadway (as it already has on the Australian stage) a lot better than it does onscreen.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Mar 3, 2013
    58
    It's enjoyable and toe-tapping for what it is, but it's also extremely lightweight stuff.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    A sloppy, sentimental story line and pivotal plot turns that are only sketchily realized undermine the life-on-the-road misadventures.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 19, 2013
    40
    The Sapphires might pass muster as escapist fluff, but its pretensions of significance go woefully awry.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 18, 2013
    10
    A feel-good, let-loose and sing-a-long type of film. The wonderful cast made the whole movie come together much better than anyone would haveA feel-good, let-loose and sing-a-long type of film. The wonderful cast made the whole movie come together much better than anyone would have thought! It was insightful, touching and heart-warming. One of my favourite performances by O'Dowd; and Mauboy steals the show with her beautiful, beautiful voice. Full Review »
  2. Aug 7, 2013
    8
    This is a real good comedy/drama that works on both fronts it has real strong comedic spots, but it does a real good job of recognizing thatThis is a real good comedy/drama that works on both fronts it has real strong comedic spots, but it does a real good job of recognizing that challenges the young ladies have to go through along with all the tragedy that comes with the Vietnam war. A- Full Review »
  3. Jul 3, 2013
    7
    Good story. Hard to believe how recent it was that Australian aboriginals were treated this way. Good music. Lead roles are well played.Good story. Hard to believe how recent it was that Australian aboriginals were treated this way. Good music. Lead roles are well played. Very enjoyable. Full Review »