Talk to Me Reviews

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Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
November 21, 2007
There's terrific chemistry between the leads, but an episodic structure set over 20 years is too sprawling to really allow for a connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
November 15, 2007
unusually for a biopic, it is Petey's failure to change, from beginning to end, that forms an essential part of his lionisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
October 29, 2007
Worthwhile for the nostalgic appeal of the vintage costumes, retro afros and classic R&B soundtrack alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
October 27, 2007
Worth seeing for the superb performances from its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
October 12, 2007
A compelling portrait of a particularly tumultuous time in American history and how the media of the day adapted to and helped foster the many changes that were going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
September 9, 2007
constructs such a complete image of proud and passionate radio host Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene that we immediately understand why the deep flaws in his personality could only have led to his downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
Speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 29, 2007
Crackles with life and honesty in a way no picture I've seen in 2007 has.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
August 11, 2007
Despite its earnest attempts at power drama, the joy of Talk to Me lies in the comedy and the wild performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 10, 2007
...a showcase for two actors who deserve long careers ahead of them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 9, 2007
This film's slightly uneven structure is easily overcome by the exceptional cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 8, 2007 epic metaphor for the African-American experience in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 3, 2007
Cheadle, an always-dynamic actor, is compelling as he delivers Greene's no-bull radio talks and stand-up comedy routines.
| Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 3, 2007
Cheadle (in an Afro wig and sideburns)and Ejiofor are good enough to merit Oscar consideration, but only as a tag-team.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
August 3, 2007
For all the wild controversy that Petey ignited in his time, Talk to Me ends up being as generic and watered-down as its title.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 3, 2007
The movie's occasional narrative shortcomings are offset by the performances, which are uniformly fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 3, 2007
The storytelling confirms the promise [director] Lemmons showed in the suspenseful Eve's Bayou, one of my favorite movies of the '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 3, 2007
...half terrific movie and half run-of-the-mill biopic
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 3, 2007
Engaging and enjoyable to watch, if not exactly as weighty as its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 2, 2007
Has a distinctive and original voice that is rarely heard today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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