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The original Pitch Perfect came out of nowhere to be a huge hit with both audiences and critics, creating a franchise that has now inspired a third entry. Does the pop chorus movie still hit the right note for the third time around? Most critics appear to say no, although, there are certainly some silver linings for fans of the Bellas. Our own Conner Schwertfeger probably sums up the general consensus well. Conner gave the film three stars and says Pitch Perfect 3 isn't without its fun and humor, but it's pretty light on everything else.
Some critics, however, take a much harder line and feel that the chemistry and charm of the ensemble cast led by Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson aren't even enough to overcome the problems that this movie has, as The Hollywood Reporter says.
Ultimately, part of the issue may simply be the setup of the story. Pitch Perfect 3 sees the Bellas reuniting to go on a USO tour which also acts as a music competition. However, the girls are simply never all that invested in the competition, which has the unintended side effect of making the audience less invested in their story, as the Village Voice points out.
However, on the other side of the coin there are those who think the energy and fun of the Pitch Perfect franchise is still going strong in part three. The Guardian probably has the most positive review out there, claiming that it's clear everybody on screen is having fun, and so you probably will as well.
In summary, if you really love the music and the cast of the Pitch Perfect films, you'll probably have an enjoyable time with Pitch Perfect 3. It may not be brilliant, but it doesn't need to be.