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  • Summary: In the mid-to-late 1960's, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like itIn the mid-to-late 1960's, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk and Sunny Jim. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during an exciting and turbulent period in Amercian History. Based on the true story. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. A rowdy, richly offbeat biopic.
  2. No matter what character Don Cheadle has played in his 23-year career, he's always seemed to be holding something back...Until Talk to Me.
  3. While Cheadle's fearlessly robust performance absolutely galvanizes Talk to Me, it's not the only thing that makes Kasi Lemmons' third feature such a pleasure to take in.
  4. 70
    A poignant reminder of why people used to actually listen to their radios.
  5. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    67
    From James Brown to Sam Cooke, the songs set a mood that lingers for some time after.
  6. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    There’s terrific chemistry between the leads, but an episodic structure set over 20 years is too sprawling to really allow for a connection.
  7. 50
    The early scenes of Greene misbehaving on the air are pretty funny, thanks mainly to Martin Sheen as the apoplectic station manager. But I was bummed out by the movie's trite VH1 cartoon of the black power era--especially coming from Kasi Lemmons, who made her directing debut with the hauntingly ambiguous "Eve's Bayou."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Rachel
    Jul 14, 2007
    10
    I was completely blown away by this film. An absolute must see.
  2. ShaniceT.
    Jul 13, 2007
    10
    An extremely well made film with wonderful performances.
  3. DP
    Jul 23, 2007
    10
    Strong story, three terrific performances: Cheadle, Ejiofor, and Henson.
  4. RonL.
    Jul 14, 2007
    10
    This film is great, I highly recommend it.
  5. JonasG
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    All I can say is wow! I saw this film last weekend and it was completely riveting. The lead performances by Cheadle and Ejiofor were All I can say is wow! I saw this film last weekend and it was completely riveting. The lead performances by Cheadle and Ejiofor were brilliant, but Taraji P. Henson stole every scene she appeared in. Kudos to Kasi Lemmons as well. Expand
  6. RhanaH
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    Stunning film, terrific performances.
  7. BKetch
    Jul 14, 2007
    5
    If Cheadle were not in it, you wouldn't be seeing it because it wouldn't have found a distributor. But WITH him, wow.

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