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Mavis is by all definitions a rock star, but this is not a regular rock star documentary.
Even as she recalls career setbacks and personal disappointments, Staples displays rock-solid faith, unwavering confidence, and bubbly optimism.
An old-fashioned approach to the Staples story.
"Mavis!" is maybe too short and too plain, but it covers a lot of ground and contains a lot of great music. It's a fitting tribute to a true American original, belatedly getting her due.
The movie doesn't linger on the string of bad luck that derailed the younger Staples's promising solo-career opportunities, because she doesn't - she's too busy warming up for the next show.
Whether in church or on the concert stage, Staples remains indomitable, as scenes of her recent performances demonstrate.
...more pleasant than truly exhilarating.
A feelgood film buzzing with the positive vibrations its subject aims to share.
Today, at 75, [Mavis Staples has] been rediscovered by this fantastic HBO production that's directed, produced and edited by only women.
A satisfying, if not innovative, documentary that pays tribute to a never-dull life.
It falls short of being a great film, but it's a good one, about a great singer.
It's about time somebody made a documentary about this remarkable woman.
A wonderful look at a very charming lady who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement throughout the 60s with her family. It is inspiring to see her still performing to this day and remaining an influence on those that have come after her.
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