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6.52 h 24 min2021X-Ray12
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, "Respect" is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
Liesl Tommy
Jennifer HudsonForest WhitakerMarlon Wayans
DramaArts, Entertainment, and CultureMusic Videos and Concerts
English [CC]
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Liesl TommySue Baden-PowellScott BernsteinJason ClothAaron L. GilbertJonathan GlickmanJennifer HudsonHarvey Mason Jr.Stacey Sher
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4.4 out of 5 stars

1098 global ratings

  1. 68% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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GarceyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie about Aretha, an amazing singer
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Jenifer Hudson plays an amazing role in this movie, she managed to capture the character perfectly. Thank goodness they didn't give this role to Beyonce, she is really a true soul artist, even though the youngsters think she is, she wouldn't have the vocals for this role, with her pop r&b warbling. Jenifer does have true soul & gospel to her voice & can outsing sing Beyonce any day of the year, I think it was the movie Dream Girls where she proved her dominance.
Anyway, back to the movie. All of the characters were well acted & believable. It isn't a light hearted movie but an insight into a life which not many truly knew or understood.
Well worth the watch but wait for the price to go down, £13.99 is too much to view.
6 people found this helpful
A W MARLERReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Slow burn, some great singing and some not so good. Probably a 3.5 rating.
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The film is over long but there were some interesting facts that I didn't know about. Jeniffer Hudson certainly looks the part and her acting is believable despite a few obviously 2020 ish head movements! Her Granny was great and the Wexler character, but otherwise it lacked any punch. For the singing Hudson nailed the Muscle Shoals era but the supposed gospel crescendo was painful - out of her range and when at the end of the film they switch to the real 73 year old Aretha singing You May Me Feel Like A Natural Woman the difference, even at that age, is astonishing... that was the only part that truly bought tears to my eyes.
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Neil A. ChambersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Both Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson deserved a better film.

Hudson is excellent - once again demonstrating her enormous talent - but the film is lacking in any spark. Most of the characters are bland and two dimensional. The story is not uninteresting, it;s just badly told.

It lacked any kind of spark and left me feeling as though I was watching a daytime made for TV movie, rather than a major biopic of one of the greatest soul singers ever.

If I hadn't paid to watch it, I don't think I'd have stayed until the end. My attention drifted several times.
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ShellyBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not happy
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I am Irish born and bread and all our music is from the streets, it's from the soul. Now I think areth was one and still is the most amazing singers of the last 50 years. Now I don't give a rats arse what color she is. But I have just attempted to watch this latest film respect and literally 15mins into it there was a church scene and immediately this priest was completely saying awful words against us the white people... And mean bad. Well immediately turned it off and I won't be watching it. I'm not happy at all. It seems to be acceptable protacal these days for us.... Actually I won't say anymore words as God for bit we are the racist
YaggiboomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Totally fantastic
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The film was as authentic as it could be but I would have liked to see more of the history portrayed after Aretha's return to her gospel roots. It was still a fascinating watch and Jennifer Hudson's portrayal of the Queen of Soul was spot on. Anyone who knows Aretha's music should appreciate the realism that Hudson managed to pour into the role.
No mention was made of the Stax connections, after all, Wexler wanted to record Aretha first at the Stax Studios as he did with Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett but because of a dispute with the recording engineers and musicians at the time and they recorded at Muscle Shoals in Alabama. instead. Even so, Wexler wanted the Memphis Horns there, and that's where the argument came from about the all white band emerged.
Its a great film, and wonderful compliment to Aretha Franklin and her massive talent.
2 people found this helpful
Emma GReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Narrative lacking. Huge swathes of story left out, misses major events. Jennifer Hudson has an extraordinary voice the same cannot be said of her acting. Dont waste your money.
3 people found this helpful
YveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Loved it! Jennifer Hudson gave another stellar performance. She's so believable. I'm not sure any other actress/singer could have played this role so effortlessly. And the child who played the young Aretha was also amazing. I learned a lot about Aretha's life that I never knew. Great story, beautifully told. Made me fall in love with Aretha all over again. Especially the scene where they recreated the making of the track "Ain't No Way." One of my favourite songs of all time. Outstanding!
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Happy ShopperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie.
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Found this much better than amazing grace, come to the conclusion i don't like gospel music at all, but each to their own, i honestly thought i liked all music, you learn something every day, this was a bit more informative of the life she led and had to put up with, this was most enjoyable the music great, would recommend it 100 %
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