6.52 h 24 min2021X-RayUHDPG-13
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a young 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 and become the Queen of Soul.
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Jennifer HudsonForest WhitakerMarlon Wayans
DramaMusic Videos and Concerts
English [CC]
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Audra McDonaldMarc MaronTituss BurgessSaycon SengblohHailey KilgoreHeather HeadleySkye Dakota TurnerTate DonovanKimberly ScottMyk WatfordAlbert JonesLeroy McClainMary J. Blige
Jennifer HudsonLiesl TommySue Baden-PowellAaron GilbertJason ClothHarvey Mason Jr.Jonathan GlickmanStacey SherScott Bernstein,
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MaiReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
I cried a lot
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I'm an Aretha Fan, I learned singing from her songs along with her idols.. this brought tears to my eyes more than once and I cried my heart out when on the scene before she decided to make the gospel album, Jennifer was amazing and all of the cast were wonderful! I really didn't think I will love movie before watching but I do admit I was wrong, this is perfection.
JTSReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2022
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One complaint.
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The only thing that bothered me about this movie was that a lot of it skimmed through the story. Not enough detail. It seemed too short, but at 2hr 24m that obviously wasn't true. Otherwise, an excellent movie. Very moving. I could never do justice to the talents of Jennifer Hudson. She is incredible. Only she could play this part and do it well. If you are a fan of Aretha, don't miss this.
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MLYReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Has Me In Tears
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Has Me In Tears. I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin's singing, and listening to her music in this film was powerful. Get your tissue box ready. In the beginning of the film, I thought that Fantasia would've been the better voice for Ms. Franklin because she has the same sound and feeling to her voice. However, as the story progressed, Jennifer's voice opened up and became closer to the sound I was expecting.

The script is the weakest link in this movie. It reveals more than what I heard about Ms. Franklin, while still preserving her privacy and dignity. That seems to disappoint many people here who are used to "tell-all" films that drag out every piece of the star's dirty laundry as if the audience is entitled to it simply for their entertainment. If the people here want that kind of filth, they should write their own lives' stories for all to enjoy. Having said that, the script lacks connectivity and character development. The audience is forced to fill in the gaps by doing their own internet research on Ms. Franklin's dad, and guess who a lot of characters are, and what their relationships are to Ms. Franklin.

Essentially, this is a musical. It's an anthology of Aretha Franklin's musical career. So, if you can live with that, then you can enjoy this film.
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M. HouseReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2022
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Absolute Perfection
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I absolutely loved this movie. The love the way the highlighted various aspects of the music business as opposed to a pure focus on Mrs. Franklin. The story was well developed, powerful and eye opening. This movie was work ever minute of my time.
Grasshopper. Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2021
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Respect vs. Aretha: A Critical Review.
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First, in order to fully capture the essence of an artist, it takes color, feeling, fluidity, movement, emotion. Secondly, A biopic is a moment, a photo, an intimacy, a closer look at a life otherwise unknown to the audience. Third, it must be carried out with devotion, beauty, and a commitment to the person being portrayed.

Now, GENIUS: Cynthia Erivo did NOT portray ANY of the aforementioned traits of a fine artist embodying one if the greatest legends of all time. As other reviewers have stated, she is STOIC throughout the series; her expressions are MONOTONOUS, even when something exciting happens, both her facial and verbal tones are the same, limited in feeling and tone. As others, I waited for this to change. It didn’t. I think she was a poor choice for such an iconic portrayal. Acting, on this level, is NOT her forte. The flashbacks in the film are more noticeable as the series moves past episode 3; they are more distracting, I should say, and lead to confusion. It’s hard to follow a storyline when it’s imbalanced (which can carry its own beauty with the right script and actor). I think there were a lot of unknown stories fighting fo be revealed in this series. The writer tried to tie in Arethas current scenes with her past life. In some scenes, it worked. In others, it failed. Overall, Erivo hurt this movie more than helped. She could have saved the script. But failed.

RESPECT: the movie.
The complete opposite of Erivo, Hudson gives us emotion and FEELING throughout the film. We see and feel her painful moments, joyous occasions, and development as a woman. She nailed it there. The second half of the movie focuses more on her relationship with Ted White, perhaps because of its volatile nature. Yet, it’s tough knowing if this relationship is one Aretha, herself, would have highlighted as much in the story of her life. Unlike Genius, RESPECT didn’t try to pack all the knowledge/hearsay of Arethas life by overloading it. It eased into her life, although theres bound to be missing pieces in it. The writer chose what was important or what a/he felt would be important to the viewer and stayed there versus muddling the movie.

In BOTH, neither really echoed the voice of the Queen of Soul. In that sense, it felt like they wanted to toot their own horn. At the same time, that’s what we are here for, to have some resemblance of Aretha in their voices. On that note, they missed the mark. Erivo more so than Hudson, and miserably.

The highlight of Genius was the actress, Tonya (I can’t remember her last name), very natural actress and very funny.

All in all, black and brown people need to be seen on screen more. So my hat is off to both these women for playing the part.
jummy993Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2022
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I cried watching. I came across this movie at the right time. I give it uncountable ⭐️ it was so well done.
JOANN MUHAMMADReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lovely tribute to the queen of soul.
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Jennifer Hudson did an excellent job! I'm sure Aretha Franklin was smiling down on her. I couldn't stop myself from crying. This film will be remembered as one of the best portrayals of an artist ever made.
Erica R.Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing Movie!
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Jennifer Hudson was amazing in this movie. Its great to see why Aretha is considered the Queen of Soul!
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