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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Only occasionally funny and not at all illuminating about the rich world of a cappella singing.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
The spirited a cappella singing in Pitch Perfect makes a predictable, feather-light coming-of-age film irresistibly fun.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Pitch Perfect" totally gets one critical fact: A cappella singing contests are both a little bit amazing and a little bit ridiculous. The tone that the film strikes is a perfect balance between the two extremes.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The throwaway lines in Kay Cannon's script are so many and so expertly deployed that you basically spend the whole movie digging through the trash.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The girls, for the most part, are genuinely funny, weird, real, and, most excitingly, confident.
Laura Beck - Village Voice
[It] could have used a little more spontaneous spirit and a little less manufactured sass. What it has going for it, though, is an amiably enthusiastic cast.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
...it never ends up being anything like a fully realized version of any of the movies it's lifting its jokes and/or tones from.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Warblers win the day in this sweet-natured film (based on a swell behind-the-scenes book by Mickey Rapkin) about the life and loves of collegians from competing a-cappella groups.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
It's a twentysomething song-and-dance movie built around rival a cappella groups. That's more exciting than dueling string quartets, I suppose - but no, the quartets would be performing better material.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The musical numbers, however, are quite good, if only because they're so disjointed from the narrative.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
I smiled for the first half of the movie and started laughing hysterically when a supporting character hijacked it from its stars.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pitch Perfect" doesn't take itself any more seriously than it has to, and has plenty of fun both sending up and celebrating its subject matter.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
To paraphrase one of the characters in the movie, it's A-Ca-Awesome.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
As spirited and irresistible as the college a cappella craze it celebrates, Pitch Perfect is a cheeky delight.
Justin Chang - Variety
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."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Luckily, the good outweighs the bad in this bright 'n' breezy comedy about competitive a cappella singing groups.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Far more often than not, Pitch Perfect lives up to its own title.
William Goss - Film.com
A let's-put-on-a-show story so steeped in backlot Hollywood convention it almost embarrasses itself, with the difference being it really doesn't care.
Geoff Pevere - Globe and Mail
Pitch Perfect looks, sounds, and feels like pretty much every other movie that features a singing or dancing competition.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An enjoyably snarky campus romp that's both wildly nerdy and somewhat sexy.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
It's ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give in to your inner musical theater geek.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
You leave it wanting to sing and dance.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
I got a goofball kick out of Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick is terrific in this spoofy, sassy romp. And I have one word for Rebel Wilson - Wow!
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is one of the strangest and also one of the more entertaining movies of the year.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Both acerbic and friendly in a way that gives it bite without giving it too much edge.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Singing during the dialogue helps.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
A slovenly lark, but a spirited one.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Luckily, Pitch Perfect has just enough flaws to (almost) keep us from making terrible puns around its title, but this fun comedy is good enough to leave an a cappella version of "No Diggity" stuck in your head. For a week.
- The Playlist
Very funny at times, usually when it embraces the campiness of the subject matter.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
On paper, this all looks oh-so High School Musical: The College Years, but the beauty of Pitch Perfect is they way it turns its formulaic moments into unexpected hilarity.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Mostly works because the characters are engaging and the musical performances well-chosen and well-done
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Is Pitch Perfect this year's Bridesmaids? If by that we mean a thoroughly likable and surprisingly funny comedy, then yes, I suppose it is.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
The sung numbers are pretty dreadful but you can't have everything.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
It's 80% affectionate parody of this sort of musical, but the numbers are taken seriously and are admirably choreographed, and the performances are sprightly.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
It's a lightweight confection, but Pitch Perfect is great fun while the fat lady (and the skinny one) sings.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
As far as the so-called humour goes, we're operating on a sliding scale from lazy to downright offensive.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
Even if Pitch Perfect doesn't stand up to much scrutiny, it's still an enjoyable romp on the surface.
Joe Cunningham - HeyUGuys
( ... ) after several years of Hollywood digging into ever deeper wells of gross-out smut, this is a real reversal of fortune.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
There are things to whinge about here. But Pitch Perfect proves impossible to resist.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
There are great moments and the songs are well put together and catchy.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
It's like a superior, wittier double-episode of Glee.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.
Amusing though the movie can be, there's something missing in the warmth department. Like songs without accompaniment, its jokes lack any charm or liking for the characters.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The plot won't surprise but it's fun and freaky in equal measure.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The Spinal Tap of unaccompanied singing.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Hugely enjoyable comedy that hits all the right notes, thanks to a razor-sharp script, impressively staged musical numbers and a pair of brilliant comic performances from Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Kendrick's alt-girl good-naturedly holds it all together, leaving room for Australian star Wilson to really shine with some inspired improv while comedy nuggets are strewn elsewhere ...
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Oh, the gag-packed trailer spoiled the entire film.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
Pitch Perfect is the most musical fun we've had since Hairspray.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It is both refreshingly funny and teen-panderingly cheesy. Ladies and gentlemen ... it seems we have here what all the young kids these days refer to as a 'mash-up'.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
'30 Rock' and 'New Girl' writer Kay Cannon has created brilliant characters.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
IF three series of Glee haven't dented your enthusiasm for snarky comedy interspersed with glossy a cappella "mash-ups" this one could be for you.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
There's enough charming here to make me wish that the movie had trusted itself enough to know that it doesn't need to dispense grossout humiliation to the characters in order to make them appealing.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The jokes are a little hit and miss, but when the film risks going off-beat it's quite appealing.
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.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
Kendrick and Wilson have the right kind of sass to entertain; they may not be as glamorous as the kids in Glee, but in Pitch Perfect, they seem like the girls who are having all the fun.
Eddie Harrison - The List
Kay Cannon, a writer on the 30 Rock television series, has come up with a screenplay that seems to give the right amount of time to each individual.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
But in a small-scale way, aided by a strong, wry central performance from Kendrick, Pitch Perfect has its charms.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
There's girl-bonding aplenty in this upbeat comedy about a high-school a capella competition in which voice-only singing, envy and vomiting play key roles...it's Glee with extra sass.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
A spry B-film aimed at Generation Glee.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It's formulaic, but it conjures up its own offbeat vibe and the musical numbers are gold.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
On purely escapist terms, however, the over-supply of so-so sounds is never enough to ruin anyone's enjoyment of a very likeable picture.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Great young actors ... are encouraged to seriously overplay their particular stereotype, which makes the film grating and repetitive ... Obviously green-lit in the wake of Glee, it makes a joke at that show's expense, setting a challenge it fails to win.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
In 2011, Bridesmaids launched a thousand annoying "girls are funny too!" articles. Hopefully, Pitch Perfect will be seen as a "well, duh" retort.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Anna Kendrick's assured lead performance elevates this Glee-type musical affair from its modest confines.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
Everything about the film feels fresh..... For the target market, there are laughs galore, toe-tapping rhythms and a good up-tempo beat as Pitch Perfect hits its notes and delivers a romping fun time
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
A tuneful smoothie concocted with several well-known ingredients thrown into a blender, including 'Glee,' 'Bridesmaids,' even a dash of 'High School Musical.'
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Gleeks and Glee-haters alike should rally around this raucous musical comedy.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Bearing more than a passing resemblance to TV phenomenon Glee, this would-be college version largely succeeds thanks to a standout performance from Anna Kendrick.
Ed Gibbs - The National
... parodies, by faithful imitation, the silly adolescent soap opera of Glee ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Saucy, snarky and spirited...
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Rebel Wilson practically rescues the film (and some of the songs) on her own with her talent, panache and self-confidence. She reminds me of irrepressible Melissa McCarthy in 'Bridesmaids' or Nikki Blonsky in 'Hairspray.'
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This take on an a-capella group competition is a mild satire that provides a few good laughs and terrific performances by Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
A cross between "Glee" and "Best of Show" but not always at its best. Slow in parts but Rebel Wilson saves the day.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Deliciously filled with wall-to-wall music that comes only from the mouth.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
More annoying than entertaining, the setup scenes and characters are equally ludicrous.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
We're in a world that revolves around a cappella singing. It may make no sense to you, but the idea that everyone is taking it so seriously is part of the joke.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A very funny and at times joyous ode to college a cappella groups.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
As far as college comedies go, it ain't quite Animal House but I laughed more than I thought I would.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
It's hard to imagine anyone outside of dug-in curmudgeons not being swept up in the musical rush of this movie.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
There are so many reasons to hate Pitch Perfect, and yet it's impossibly tough to do so.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Recycled as it is from the spare parts of fun fluff like "Bring it On," Pitch Perfect understands its own fizzy pop irrelevance, and wisely puts the emphasis on getting laughs.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
An impossible-to-dislike burst of positive energy brimming with winsome performances.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
Rebel Wilson steals the show as Fat Amy, a big, bountiful Bella whose generous physical proportions are matched by her gift of knowing how, when and where to sprinkle on just the right amount of comedic side-dish seasoning.
Neil Pond - American Profile
You can call this Glee meets Mean Girls if you want to, but this riotously intelligent comedy is much better than that
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Cannon doesn't go in for rococo hipster badinage in the vein of Diablo Cody. She can pare down a joke to its essence ...
'Pitch Perfect' hits the right notes that will satisfy not just music fans of the songs, but anyone who wants to have an enjoyable evening of entertainment.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Edgy, teen-friendly musical comedy uplifts with song, heart.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
The movie belongs to Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy. What's most refreshing about the character is that she's all about being confident and taking control -- a rare break from American movies that do nothing but marginalize, mock or pity their plus-sized women.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
What we have here is a not-very-funny college comedy for tweens, full of unappealing characters (and although the musical arrangements are fun, some truly unimaginative choreography).
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The only time the movie connects is when Kendrick & Co. start singing, performing dynamic and energetically staged numbers.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Built on a template that's familiar to anyone who's seen such movies as Bring It On, this comedy uses an engaging cast and a parade of popular songs (energetically recreated by several choral groups) to create a buoyant crowd-pleaser.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Often it feels like a soundtrack in search of a movie.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Some films make you weep; others make you squirm. Then there are those that simply make you smile. Pitch Perfect falls into the third category thanks to its strong script, charming cast and catchy soundtrack.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Damned good genre entertainment. I laughed my pianissimo off.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
A light feminist streak runs through this comedy, which is well acted by Kendrick but is better written than directed.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The quality of the material may not be the highest, but the energy and execution of it certainly is in this appealingly sprightly investigation of the world of a capella.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A fun, young musical comedy boosted by Anna Kendrick's straight-woman chemistry and multiple amusing supporting characters.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
If there is an honest moment in this should-be TV sitcom, I missed it. A-ca-phony.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's done with freshness and style, a very funny script and a lot of energy, and turns out to be one of the nicest surprises so far this fall.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
And sure, while fresh-faced actors belting out reworked top-40 hits sounds tolerably safe and familiar, Pitch Perfect makes Glee look like Mad Men.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Without precious vocal purity, all we're left with is a lame sense of humor, dark areolas, and a vomit slip 'n slide.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
'Pitch Perfect' strives to be edgy, yet it never quite lets go of wanting to be comfy at the same time.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
It's formulaic, it's predictable and it's hokey -- but it also is surprisingly fun, built around a solid cast, unexpected humor and a pop-infused acappella soundtrack.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
If you're not grinning by the end of this light, funny crowd-pleaser, consider yourself tone deaf.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
This is another one of those movies that feels like it emerged from the Great Hollywood Blender of Movie Ideas.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
"Pitch Perfect" is major key all the way, a blast of tuneful sugary cheer kicked up with enough tart humor to offset the glucose.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Belatedly riffing on the TV series "Glee" might have produced some sour notes, but "Pitch Perfect" finds just the right tone.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The musical mixes are terrific and Kendrick proves she is a real movie star but the mash-up with low comedy keeps tripping up the movie's momentum.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Though likable and energetic, the movie is so eager to put a finger on every pulse that it loses the rhythm.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
'Pitch Perfect' seeks nothing more than to be entertaining, and it is.(Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
Though it might sound like a hacky platitude, don't be surprised if "Pitch Perfect" leaves a fair share of its audiences outwardly cheering.
There's plenty of reason to doubt it has enough self-awareness to realize how awkward its mesh of cynicism and sincerity is.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Despite its ebullience, technical polish and desire to please, the picture comes across as overly derivative and hits a surprising number of sour notes.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Not quite pitch perfect, but it's irresistible.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The film's really all over the place and for every good bit, like a mid-movie Riff-off that's like an A Cappella poetry slam, there is underserved excess, like Beca's attempts to get the college radio station manager to play one of her mixes.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It moves at a clip, a sprightly relay race between a dozen or so mellifluous performers.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
This slight but sunny entertainment is something of an idiot-grin-maker.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
"Pitch Perfect" has some legitimately funny moments.
Molly Eichel - Philadelphia Daily News
This unabashed dorky/cool embrace of the world of a cappella is a happy surprise at every turn.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's music, it's comedy, it's fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
As mean-spirited as failed 'American Idol' auditions.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Who knew there was this much fun left in glee clubs so long after "Glee" jumped the shark?
The movie is far too aware of its influences, especially when it imitates Bring It On's silly "cheerocracy"-style slang with its own overextended series of aca-neologisms.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
A well-groomed, funny and altogether special musical comedy, Pitch Perfect hits an abundance of right notes, resulting in one of the most full-bodied mainstream comedies of the year.
Brent Simon - Screen International
Pitch Perfect has enough pleasures to overcome its failings, even if the margin is fairly slim at times. It is worth watching, but prepare to be bothered by how much of its potential goes unrealized.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
An immensely charming comedy filled with great performances (both acting and musical) that's only slightly hindered by its conventional formula.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The combination of inventive musical numbers and winning characters makes Pitch Perfect a pleasant surprise.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The very appealing cast (led by ingenue superstar Anna Kendrick) and an overall sense of buoyant silliness advances it to the top of the class.
Delving into the peviously unexplored world of collegiate a cappella singing, there's a smarty-pants, tongue-in-cheek tone to 'Pitch Perfect.'
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
It would I take a misanthrope of the highest order to dislike 'Pitch Perfect,' preposterous and predictable though it may be.
Jordan Hoffman - LeisureSuit.net
Pitch Perfect takes what ought to be a story with limited appeal and makes it so hilarious you can't deny it.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
You've seen this story before and you'll see it again. There's no need to see it now.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Pitch Perfect proves no one is too cool for the perfect pop song.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
This film could have done with a few more mouth beats and unlikely moments of extracurricular celebrity.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Jason Moore's film is more or less successful in inverse proportion to the degree that it plays its material by the book.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
[VIDEO ESSAY] Essentially a glorified episode of the television show "Glee," "Pitch Perfect" is a spotty coming-of-age comedy that only marginally pays off on its promise of delivering harmonized vocal virtuosity.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com