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Respect (2021)


The rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.

Respect (2021)

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Released Year: 2021
Runtime: 145 minutes
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Directors: Liesl Tommy

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The rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.

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San Francisco Chronicle - Mick LaSalle
Respect has everything you could hope for in a musical biopic. It has a good story and great songs and, best of all, it has someone in the lead role who can put those songs over.
80
The Hollywood Reporter - David Rooney
A powerful account of self-actualization spanning 20 formative years, Liesl Tommy’s biopic is also an intimate gift of love, rich in complexity, spirituality, Black pride and feminist grit rooted not in didactic speeches but in authentic experience. The ageless music, of course, is the galvanizing force, but it’s the personal struggle behind it that makes the story so affecting.
75
Movie Nation - Roger Moore
Stately as it is, Respect never quite becomes a “great film,” but Hudson, Whitaker, McDonald, Burgess and Maron ensure it’s never less than an entertaining one, a musical biography that gives the Queen of Soul her royal due.
70
Variety - Peter Debruge
Though Respect can feel a little soft in the drama department, it delivers the added pleasure of hearing Hudson re-create Franklin’s key songs, from the early jazz standards she covered for Columbia to her reinvention of the Otis Redding single that lends the film its name.
65
TheWrap - Elizabeth Weitzman
Even when the movie stumbles, Hudson’s bravura performance — and those extraordinary songs — steady its soul.

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