Talk to Me Reviews

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Top Critic
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 20, 2010
Kasi Lemmons' radio drama of flamboyance, fury and finesse cranks the funk on a sister station to "Talk Radio" and "Good Morning Vietnam," powered by two performances of impeccable clarity and cut from Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Although the director succumbs to the genreā(TM)s temptation to wrap up a messy life with a neat, platitudinous resolution, she lets her cast give Greene and his era its due.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Talk to Me is an incisive portrait of a provocative figure. It comes very close to caricature, but remains human and lively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
In its wrenching shift from farce to tragedy, and its evocation of the bridge offered by friendship, Talk to Me tells it, and keeps on tellin' it, much as 'Petey' Greene would have.
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
July 22, 2008
Just as she did in Hustle and Flow, Taraji P. Henson steals many a scene and is wonderful as Greene's flamboyant girlfriend.
George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald
February 22, 2008
It's a visually and aurally riveting trip to an important time from a perspective few here will know, about a person worth meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 14, 2008
Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor make a terrific duo, first as enemies, then as colleagues and finally as partners %u2013 until the partnership self destructs.
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2007
Even Martin Sheen is keepin' it real.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2007
A good movie about a powerful friendship, and it brings a bygone era back to life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
December 6, 2007
Hysterically potent, thought-provoking and deliciously nostalgic. Overall, the proposed chatter is warranted in the movingly impish Talk to Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 1, 2007
Ejiofor and Cheadle are a force to be reckoned with...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Sun Online
November 23, 2007
This biopic of Greene, a DJ most Brits will not know, has a limited appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 23, 2007
Poignant and often very funny, Cheadle deserves a clutch of prizes come awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
November 23, 2007
If the picture doesn't ultimately live up to the raw vitality of Cheadle's performance, it remains an uplifting snapshot that broadcasts its message with zero distortion. Tune in and you won't be turned off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
November 23, 2007
A traditionally handsome biopic bursting with 1960s period detail and firecracker performances, Talk To Me tackles one of the most volatile periods in American history, but tragically finds nothing interesting to say about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ruth Ford
Sky Movies
November 23, 2007
The incendiary soundtrack and committed performances keep the film in its groove, which could give Cheadle another well-deserved shot at an Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
November 22, 2007
Thanks to its two leads, the film remains vivid, honest and deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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
Film4
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
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