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Amazing Grace

7.0
698
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Synopsis
In January 1972, Aretha Franklin gave two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her bestselling album, Amazing Grace. The sessions were captured by a film crew led by Sydney Pollack, but the footage wound up shelved in a vault and has remained one of the lost cinematic treasures of twentieth-century music. Before Pollack’s death in 2008, he expressed a ... [+]
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Owen Gleiberman
Variety
"[It] feels like a rough gem unearthed in a time capsule (...) 'Amazing Grace' can stand as an essential filmed record of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest gospel performances you’ll ever see."  POS
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"A concert film to rank with the best, including Martin Scorsese’s 'The Last Waltz' and Jonathan Demme’s 'Stop Making Sense' (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
"It's somewhat shapeless as a movie, and gives little sense of emotional insight into the performer. But it does contain moments of bliss"  NEU
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Dan Callahan
The Wrap
"The film event of the year (...) '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"  POS
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Elias Leight
Rolling Stone
"A marvelous 87-minute testament to Franklin’s unrivaled singing ability (...) An indispensable visual companion to the album"  POS
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
"With this film, old fans and new converts alike can experience this once-in-a-lifetime concert in a way that's long overdue."  POS
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Wesley Morris
The New York Times
"This is obviously one of the great music films (...) What distinguishes 'Amazing Grace,' what lifts it to the penthouse, is a mix of energy and moment."  POS
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Odie Henderson
rogerebert.com
"Experiencing this in a theater is a must (...) You’ll see how much love and feeling went into the construction of the resulting album. (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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David D'Arcy
Screendaily
"It’s raw religion, and it’s a treasure (...) The film is almost all music, from beginning to end. And the music is what’s so special about 'Amazing Grace'."  POS
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Jordan Hoffman
The Guardian
"One of the finest music documentaries ever. For close to 90 minutes I sat with chills up and down my spine in a near-constant roll (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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