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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 song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.
Henry Barnes - Guardian [UK]
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
Cannon doesn't go in for rococo hipster badinage in the vein of Diablo Cody. She can pare down a joke to its essence ...
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
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
There are things to whinge about here. But Pitch Perfect proves impossible to resist.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
( ... ) 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
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
It's like a superior, wittier double-episode of Glee.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
There are great moments and the songs are well put together and catchy.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The Spinal Tap of unaccompanied singing.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
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
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
The plot won't surprise but it's fun and freaky in equal measure.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Oh, the gag-packed trailer spoiled the entire film.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
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
Pitch Perfect is the most musical fun we've had since Hairspray.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
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
'30 Rock' and 'New Girl' writer Kay Cannon has created brilliant characters.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
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