Bessie

2015

Bessie

Critics Consensus

Strong performances, led by Queen Latifah, overpower a middling script in the entertaining and informative Bessie.

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68%

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Queen Latifah stars in this biopic of pioneering singer Bessie Smith, depicting her tempestuous relationships and incomparable artistry in the down-and-dirty world of Southern blues.

Cast

Queen Latifah
as Bessie Smith
Bryan Greenberg
as John Hammond
Charles S. Dutton
as William "Pa" Rainey
Mike Epps
as Richard
Mo'Nique
as Ma Rainey
Oliver Platt
as Carl Van Vechten
Tika Sumpter
as Lucielle
Tory Kittles
as Clarence
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Critic Reviews for Bessie

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Bessie

  • May 22, 2016
    This felt very long. The way Bessie was portrayed made her very unlikeable.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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