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Synopsis

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.

Cast

  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Audra McDonald
  • Marc Maron
  • Tituss Burgess
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Saycon Sengbloh
  • Hailey Kilgore
  • Tate Donovan

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Incredible! Outstanding! Very moving and inspiring! Jennifer Hudson deserve an academy award for her portrayal of Aretha! Definitely a must see!! 👏

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Her songs take on a new perspective, after learning what ignited most of her hits.

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Metacritic

60
Aug 12, 2021

Earnest to a fault, Respect spells out a handsome tribute to Aretha Franklin, with Jennifer Hudson and her peerless singing pipes as its formidable anchor. Yet this biography never fully sparks to life, as the Queen of Soul fights in episodic fashion to establish and later protect her musical legacy from the domineering men in her life.

Brian Lowry
CNN
80
Aug 8, 2021

A powerful account of self-actualization spanning 20 formative years, Liesl Tommy’s biopic is also an intimate gift of love, rich in complexity, spirituality, Black pride and feminist grit rooted not in didactic speeches but in authentic experience. The ageless music, of course, is the galvanizing force, but it’s the personal struggle behind it that makes the story so affecting.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
50
Aug 8, 2021

There’s no question that director Liesl Tommy and star Jennifer Hudson have approached this project with reverence, hoping to highlight the late singer’s importance both as a cultural figure and a symbol of her era. But the cliches that usually attend such biopics — specifically, the need to simplify an individual’s demons and traumas into easily digestible dramatic beats — are especially frustrating here, leaving this overly earnest picture lacking the vibrancy of its dynamic subject.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily