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In the mid-to-late 1960s, 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 WOL-AM, where fellow prison inmate Milo's brother Dewey Hughes is the program director. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"In its wrenching shift from farce to tragedy, and its evocation of the bridge offered by friendship, Talk to Me tells it, and keeps on tellin' it, much as 'Petey' Greene would have."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"The movie's occasional narrative shortcomings are offset by the performances, which are uniformly fine."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"Kasi Lemmons' radio drama of flamboyance, fury and finesse cranks the funk on a sister station to "Talk Radio" and "Good Morning Vietnam," powered by two performances of impeccable clarity and cut from Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Just as she did in Hustle and Flow, Taraji P. Henson steals many a scene and is wonderful as Greene's flamboyant girlfriend."
‑ Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
"Even Martin Sheen is keepin' it real."
‑ Stephen Himes, Film Snobs
"Thanks to its two leads, the film remains vivid, honest and deeply felt."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Time Out
"Its dialogue, equal parts uptight honky and jumping jive seems, particularly in the early stretches, to have been generated by a computer."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"Although the director succumbs to the genre‚(TM)s temptation to wrap up a messy life with a neat, platitudinous resolution, she lets her cast give Greene and his era its due."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"It's a visually and aurally riveting trip to an important time from a perspective few here will know, about a person worth meeting."
‑ George Palathingal, Sydney Morning Herald
"A good movie about a powerful friendship, and it brings a bygone era back to life."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The characters are brought to vivid life with remarkably compelling performances by two of the screen's most versatile actors: Don Cheadle as the freewheeling Greene; and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Hughes, the aggressively ambitious executive."
‑ Rob Salem, Toronto Star
"Talk to Me is an incisive portrait of a provocative figure. It comes very close to caricature, but remains human and lively."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor make a terrific duo, first as enemies, then as colleagues and finally as partners %u2013 until the partnership self destructs."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Hysterically potent, thought-provoking and deliciously nostalgic. Overall, the proposed chatter is warranted in the movingly impish Talk to Me."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
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