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Respect

Movie
2021
2h 25m
PG-13
English
Music, Drama, History
User Score: 
7.5
Critic Score: 
65
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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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Respect

PG-13
Movie
2021
2h 25m
English
Music, Drama, History
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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Jennifer Hudson
Aretha Franklin
Forest Whitaker
C. L. Franklin
Marlon Wayans
Ted White
Audra McDonald
Barbara Franklin
Mary J Blige
Dinah Washington
Marc Maron
Jerry Wexler
Tituss Burgess
Reverend Dr. James Cleveland
Saycon Sengbloh
Erma Franklin
Hailey Kilgore
Carolyn Franklin
Tate Donovan
John Hammond
Skye Dakota Turner
Aretha Franklin (young)
Heather Headley
Clara Ward
Leroy McClain
Cecil Franklin
Lodric D Collins
Smokey Robinson
Brenda Nicole Moorer
Brenda Franklin
Tangela Large
Grieving Mother
Albert Jones
Ken Cunningham
Myk Watford
Rick Hall
Gilbert Glenn Brown
Martin Luther King Jr.
Directed By: Liesl Tommy
Written By: Callie Khouri (Story), Tracey Scott Wilson (Story), + 1 more

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gongasf says...
12 months ago
A surprisingly nice movie. Loved the multiple recording studio bits!
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Lee Brown Barrow says...
3 months ago
A respectful film to be sure but I would have appreciated something deeper and a little more incisive.
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miguelreina says...
10 months ago
Conventional biopic that tells the story of Aretha Franklin leaning on the men around her. This male representation, even if it's to build them as villains, overshadows the protagonist so much that she cannot define herself (as Tina Turner always unfairly has the shadow of Ike Turner). The character is so despised that her depressions and addictions are whitewashed, despite leaving great anthems of feminine power. The script leaves few possibilities for Jennifer Hudson to build her character, in the first part because of this overexposure of the male figures, and in the second part because it seems that they only need her to imitate the voice of Aretha Franklin in the songs. Which is a shame, because when she plays the young lead there are flashes of acting talent.
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The_Argentinian says...
10 months ago
It feels like a Lifetime movie at moments. the scenes where she's at the studio working on the songs are the best. And the ending is touching.
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Featured User Reviews

mgabrielsx
7/10  8 months ago
classic biopic that didn't work out so well
- in terms of acting, Jennifer is sensational as Aretha and, in fact, no one could do better than her! the songs were impeccable in her voice
- the real problem is the construction of the film that doesn't have the slightest creativity to explore or even More
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Nancy L Draper
7/10  11 months ago
A defining voice of a generation portrayed by a superlative voice from this generation. I can't even imagine how difficult it was for Jennifer Hudson to so precisely capture the stylings of Aretha Franklin. Beautiful artistry. The music of this film is transporting. Stellar casting, all round. I More
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CinemaSerf
3 months ago
Much has been made of the late Aretha Franklin's choice of actress to portray her in this early career retrospective - but I wonder what she might have made of the rest of the cast? Jennifer Hudson is superb when she sings, she captures much of the range and vitality of Ms Franklin. Unfortunately, a More
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Peter McGinn
10 months ago
This was a good movie, and I enjoyed it. However, I don’t expect I will ever watch it a second time. In a way, it felt like I had already seen it. And I get why: the experiences of women, even celebrity women, often mirror each other when it comes to strict fathers, as=busive first husbands, and s More
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