(2007)

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Metascore

Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
91
A rowdy, richly offbeat biopic.
88
Someone like Petey Greene made a difference and made a mark, and broadcasting is better because of his transparent honesty. He helped transform African-American stations more, probably, than their mostly white owners desired. And talk talents like Howard Stern, whether they know who he was, owe him something.
88
As Greene, Don Cheadle - explosive because you've never before seen this model of actorly restraint - is a one-man fireworks show in Talk to Me, Kasi Lemmons' rollicking, resonant portrait of the real-life ex-con who improbably became a civic icon.
88
Chicago Tribune
Talk to Me has a great subject and a great actor working in tandem, reminding audiences that once upon a time media personalities used to fight The Man, not be The Man.
88
Charlotte Observer
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.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
75
Talk to Me speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack.
75
Miami Herald
Talk to Me is a welcome reminder of a time when radio truly listened to the people instead of just shouted at them.
63
Despite being abandoned in the late going by his director, Cheadle gives one of the year's most fully realized performances, and Henson is a revelation.
50
A potentially great movie winds up buried inside a just OK one.
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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