Respect

critic Reviews

, 68% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • This standard-issue biopic falls shy of its subject's transcendent brilliance, but Jennifer Hudson's starring performance absolutely commands Respect.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    The film soars whenever the music takes over, as it does for large chunks of the action. But the backstage story is less exhilarating. Franklin had a life as big as her personality.
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    Jonathan RomneyUncut Magazine [UK]
    [Jennifer Hudson is] a winning presence, the expertise and exuberance with which she recreates the great songs at least distinguishing Respect as a superior jukebox tribute.
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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    It felt like every conversation had to feel significant. And two-and-a-half hours is just too long...an unremarkable film with a remarkable central performance.
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    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    Hudson... manages to make Respect sing.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    A glossy retelling of Aretha Franklin's life that sucks out her humanity and replaces it with a convenient two-act structure.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    This may not be a definitive account of Franklin's life, but Hudson gives a definitive performance.
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    Jeanmarie TanThe New Paper (Singapore)
    Oscar winner Hudson brings the bombast, pathos and heavenly vocal chops in a winning powerhouse performance. It is a pity her star vehicle is hardly a showstopper and lacks soul.
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    Paul SalfenAMFM Magazine
    Jennifer Hudson transforms into the queen of soul and sings her absolute heart out in a dazzling performance that's sometimes hard to watch.
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    Terry StauntonRadio Times
    In her feature debut, theatre director Liesl Tommy fares best when bringing the music to life.
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    Eileen JonesThe Jacobin
    Aretha Franklin was a legend. But the new Franklin biopic, Respect, is a forgettable film that avoids the darker and more difficult parts of her life.
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