Critics’ Connection: An En Vogue Christmas

An En Vogue Christmas stillOver the years, members of En Vogue (Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Rhona Bennett) have gone their separate ways, until they are asked to perform a benefit concert to save the club that made them stars.  They put aside their hesitations to reunite for the special night but first, must overcome their challenging history with Marty (David Alan Grier), their former manager and the man responsible for breaking them up. In the spirit of the holidays, the ladies find forgiveness and come together for an epic En Vogue Christmas concert. Starring: Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Rhona Bennett, Genelle Williams, and David Alan Grier. Directed by: Brian K. Roberts. Written by: Dayna Lynne North.

What the critics are saying about An En Vogue Christmas:

New York Daily News: Hearing En Vogue sing together is all the reason this sentimental movie needs to exist. Original En Vogue members Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett play themselves, and the screen comes alive when they perform, whether it’s an a cappella “O Holy Night” or hits like “Hold On” and “Does Anybody Hear Me?” While the story takes a couple of mildly surprising turns along the way, it isn’t trading in suspense or the shadow of any deep secrets. It’s about a woman that we like a lot, filled with music from a group we also like a lot. Sprinkled with the décor of the holiday season. Fans casual and serious will find nothing not to like.  See full review at NYDaily News.com.

The Hollywood Reporter:  In Lifetime’s An En Vogue Christmas, the funky divas — well, three of them: Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett — come together for a special performance wrapped up in a reunion story. The best moments in An En Vogue Christmas are, unsurprisingly, all about En Vogue. (Genelle) Williams and (David Alan) Grier do what they can with their meager narratives, but it’s when the ladies come together and start singing, or even just banter like the friends they are, that the movie really comes together. Ellis, Herron and Bennett all have an alluring magnetism that maximizes when they are together, so when An En Vogue Christmas drifts away from them and towards other characters, it loses some of its magic.  See full review at Hollywoodreporter.com.

Note:  The content of this post is adapted from the primary sources as referenced above.  Click on the links to read the original reviews in their entirety.

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