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Talk to Me Reviews

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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 O'Hara
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
Speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack.
| 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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Sean P. 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
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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.
| 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
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