Amazing Grace

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99% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score99%
  • Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    The work as it stands now has considerable merit as a document recorded during a watershed period of the American civil rights movement. As a concert film, it's elevated by Franklin's powerhouse three-octave range and soulful phrasing.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    The long-buried concert film is a tremendously powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin.
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    Owen GleibermanVariety
    In Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin transcends the blues by saying a little prayer - or singing one - for all of us.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It's a perfect marriage of faith and showbiz, dignified by the fact that there's nothing ersatz about it. At its heart is an unfeigned exuberance, together with a sense of history, which informs the tears, laughter and fervent expressions of belief.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Franklin - focused, transcendentally beautiful and sweating profusely - takes us back to her roots.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person.
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    Matt CipollaFilm Monthly
    Elliott and Buchanan follow [Franklin's] lead instead, framing the footage with a deft, almost invisible hand to make for 87 minutes that are teeming with life.
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    Kelechi EhenuloVultureHound
    With a beautiful resonance, Amazing Grace is a stunning tribute and celebration to the late singer.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    It's hard to see why this emotionally resonant movie ... was kept from the public for all these years.
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    Tracey PetherickCommon Sense Media
    Aretha documentary has soaring music but no narration.
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