Rejoice & Shout Don McGlynn's gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form. The film reaches back to 1902 (the first gospel recording)… Rejoice & Shout Don McGlynn's gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form. The film reaches back to 1902 (the first gospel recording)… 2011-06-03 PG PT115M Smokey Robinson Mavis Staples Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

Rejoice & Shout (2011)

MPAA Rating: PG
POWER OF MUSIC Celebrate the history of gospel music in Rejoice & Shout
POWER OF MUSIC Celebrate the history of gospel music in Rejoice & Shout
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jun 03, 2011; Rated: PG; Length: 115 Minutes; With: Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Don McGlynn's gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form. The film reaches back to 1902 (the first gospel recording) to show how barbershop harmonizers like the Fisk Jubilee Singers led to rafter-rattling church belters like Mahalia Jackson and, ultimately, the blues-tinged Staple Singers (above). Step by step, they all built a rock & soul stairway to heaven. The film is a bit too chronological, but its historical reverence is true to gospel's joyful insistence on locating the spiritual in the everyday. A–

Originally posted Jun 08, 2011 Published in issue #1159 Jun 17, 2011 Order article reprints
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