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Amazing Grace Reviews

December 16, 2019
The work as it stands now has considerable merit as a document recorded during a watershed period of the American civil rights movement. As a concert film, it's elevated by Franklin's powerhouse three-octave range and soulful phrasing.
December 16, 2019
The long-buried concert film is a tremendously powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin.
December 16, 2019
In Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin transcends the blues by saying a little prayer - or singing one - for all of us.
August 28, 2019
It's a perfect marriage of faith and showbiz, dignified by the fact that there's nothing ersatz about it. At its heart is an unfeigned exuberance, together with a sense of history, which informs the tears, laughter and fervent expressions of belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2019
Franklin - focused, transcendentally beautiful and sweating profusely - takes us back to her roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 10, 2019
I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 9, 2019
This is a film that revels in a titanic talent, and the details that an audio recording can never pick up. The close-ups are wonderfully intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2019
Amazing Grace is as uplifting a film as you will see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2019
If Amazing Grace can't fathom the inner depths of Aretha in any definitive way, it grants her a great deal more than a little respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2019
Glimpsed away from the mic, she sweeps past the camera with a Mona Lisa smile and no small talk. Between songs she again smiles and says nothing, that silence a story, her choice to be simply a vessel, not a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2019
Surely the new gold standard of filmed music concerts?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 18, 2019
Sydney Pollack's unfinished documentary, unearthed and reassembled after nearly 50 years, is a priceless gift to music fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 12, 2019
Even for those who do not believe that God's grace is amazing, it is hard not to see Franklin in her prime as something near miraculous, with a long-buried film serving as a witness in 16mm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2019
You don't need to be a churchgoer to find "Amazing Grace" a soul-stirring, foot-stomping, hand-raising experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2019
It's an act of cinematic resurrection if ever there was one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2019
The film still isn't technically perfect - the editing is rough, technical snafus sometimes slow the flow and the camera crew is all too visible - but the sound and emotion power over any ragged spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2019
Her voice could lift people straight out of their seats in jubilation; her vocal flourishes and deep readings of the simplest, most elemental lyrics remain incomparable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2019
Franklin died last year, but her voice lives on in anyone who's heard it. In this joyous, unforgettable film, she'll never grow old.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2019
In "Amazing Grace," Franklin's vocals are pristine and elastic, her control of her instrument absolute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2019
It stands as a mighty historical document, a balm to the soul, and proof of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 5, 2019
Amazing Grace, featuring Aretha Franklin at the height of her powers, is one of the greatest concert documentaries ever made. It reaches so far into transcendence that watching it becomes an almost ecstatic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 4, 2019
An evergreen tribute to one of America's finest singers, Amazing Grace, like its subject, is one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 3, 2019
Amazing Grace is best when her face, sweaty and blissful in song, fills the frame. She nearly glows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2019
The voice of Aretha Franklin is touched by God. And the glory is all there in this landmark concert film of her 1972 gospel shows, long delayed by technical problems. They say good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 28, 2019
A concert documentary lost for decades in technical and legal wranglings but finally brought to the screen with every bead of sweat, every spangle, every soul-squeezing note intact.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 18, 2019
Amazing Grace restores a missing piece of cinema history. With the gestures it reveals, and the spirituality it captures, it gives us something else - an act of worship, reborn.
December 5, 2018
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.
December 3, 2018
A triumph of timeless artistry over transitory obstacles; its very existence is a secular miracle.
November 21, 2018
Franklin's voice remains so pure and galvanic that [this] is one of the few movies you could watch with your eyes closed, though you would hardly want to.
November 14, 2018
'Amazing Grace' is two days of Baptist church condensed to 90 minutes and injected directly into your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2018
As a document of an iconic musician's skills, the film is essential. But Amazing Grace is far more than that: Watching it is a transcendent, spine-tingling, uplifting, utterly joyous experience.
November 13, 2018
It is a transcendent film.
November 13, 2018
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.
November 13, 2018
Amazing Grace will not enter the pantheon of concert films - it's somewhat shapeless as a movie, and gives little sense of emotional insight into the performer. But it does contain moments of bliss...