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Respect

Respect

Respect

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dream Girls) is R&B legend Aretha Franklin in this biopic co-starring Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans.

2020Rating: 12A, domestic abuse, racism, sexual abuse references, infrequent strong language145 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Respect / Reviews

CNN

CNN

This biography never fully sparks to life...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A film beset by the usual biopic tropes and shortcuts...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Jennifer Hudson tries her best with a disappointingly rote retread through cliches of a well-worn genre...

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Tommy’s flat direction... lends a generic affectlessness to practically every scene in which Hudson... isn’t singing her heart out.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A solid, sanitised, unfailingly polite portrait.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Respect finds a way to bring together woman and artist in a way that does justice to both.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It's a damn good performance and this is a damn entertaining movie.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

An enjoyable ode to Aretha Franklin, biopic cliches and all...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

(Respect) comes up short in what should be the most crucial ingredient - soul.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

A movie not only rigid with cliche but bloated beyond reason.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Respect is never better - Hudson is never better - than when the movie sets aside the bullet points to delve into the talent.

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IGN

IGN

Respect has the subtle nuance, grace, and vulnerability that benefits greatly from a female vantage point.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

What it lacks in thematic detail is almost entirely overridden by how good the lead actress is at its centre.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Liesl Tommy extracts the proper emotion from every scene, and the music is like truffles on top of a fantastic meal.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A perfectly serviceable biopic with good performances... but one that isn't nearly as transcendent as its subject deserves.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

After more than two hours of the new messy Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, it’s not clear what it means, wasting a lot of superb screen talent in the slapdash process.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Solid performances can’t save a film so shamelessly invested in stale biopic cliches...

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Vulture

Vulture

(A) threadbare hodgepodge of bad impressions, gratuitous filmmaking, and even worse depictions of mental health...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The ageless music, of course, is the galvanising force, but it’s the personal struggle behind it that makes the story so affecting.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Liesl Tommy’s sensitive direction brings out the key moments in subtle ways...

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