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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
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  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. Talk to Me, with two great actors, tells that story, and it makes you feel not only the joy people experienced in the wash of Greene's raucous, truth-saying humor, but also his wisdom and calm. And many mourned his death at 55 in 1984.
  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: Robert Koehler
    60
    Alternates too deliberately between jaunty comedy and serious message-making.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    50
    For a movie that celebrates the power of speech, Talk to Me is oddly tongue tied. Its dialogue, equal parts uptight honky and jumping jive seems, particularly in the early stretches, to have been generated by a computer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  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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