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Amazing Grace

  • Starring: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin
  • Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
  • Genre(s): Documentary, Music
  • Rating: G
  • Running Time: 87 min.

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

"One of the great performances of the 20th century."
- Vikram Murthi, The A.V. Club
"It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle — just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Amazing Grace is a movie worth seeing and re-seeing and re-seeing again, a testament to the Queen of Soul at the height of her powers, live, in full color, in rich sound, resplendent."
- Dan Callahan, TheWrap
"Amazing Grace is a showcase of one of America’s greatest talents and a rush of pure spiritual uplift. There are only so many ways to praise Franklin’s voice and they all fall short – just go and hear it for yourself."
- Joe Blessing, The Playlist
"Amazing Grace is a rousing performance lensed with simple, raw, intimate filmmaking that’s unforgettable and nourishing for the soul."
- John Fink, The Film Stage
"You get both the most lovely gaze a professional camera’s ever laid upon Aretha Franklin and some of the mightiest singing she’s ever laid on you. The woman practically eulogizes herself. Don’t bother with tissues. Bring a towel."
- Wesley Morris, The New York Times
"Aretha Franklin didn’t transcend the gospel or gospel music; as first her album and now this marvelous documentary remind us, she did more than most to fulfill its potential for truth and beauty, devotion and art."
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"This film is a powerful love letter to the Black Church, offering a soul-shaking introduction for the unfamiliar and a grandmotherly yank of the arm for those who know—it drags you from the theater straight into the pews."
- Odie Henderson,
"The effect is ecstatic; she sounds like the holiest of trumpets, with every note piercingly bright yet as soft as velvet. Listening to Franklin, you feel like you could ride that voice into the heavens. She’s not just a singer, she’s a human chariot."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety


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