Amazing Grace

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Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans.

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Concert footage from 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs from the best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (27)

  • Franklin - focused, transcendentally beautiful and sweating profusely - takes us back to her roots.

    May 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a film that revels in a titanic talent, and the details that an audio recording can never pick up. The close-ups are wonderfully intimate.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Surely the new gold standard of filmed music concerts?

    May 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sydney Pollack's unfinished documentary, unearthed and reassembled after nearly 50 years, is a priceless gift to music fans.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • Even for those who do not believe that God's grace is amazing, it is hard not to see Franklin in her prime as something near miraculous, with a long-buried film serving as a witness in 16mm.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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