Talk to Me
Talk to Me (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A riveting look at the life of legendary DJ "Petey" Greene, Talk to Me goes beyond the typical biopic with explosive performances from Don Cheadle and Chiwetal Ejiofor.

Bob Mondello
NPR.org

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.

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

The movie's occasional narrative shortcomings are offset by the performances, which are uniformly fine.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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.

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Jonathan Crocker
Time Out

Thanks to its two leads, the film remains vivid, honest and deeply felt.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

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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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack.

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Rob Salem
Toronto Star

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.

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Talk to Me is an incisive portrait of a provocative figure. It comes very close to caricature, but remains human and lively.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Brilliant drama, Talk To Me based on the life of radio DJ Ralph "Petey" Greene, manages to be an engrossing picture, one that is engaging from the… More
El Hombre Invisible
Along with Don Cheadle, there are many good performances in Talk to Me, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson (who could be hilarious), Cedric the… More
Jim Hunter
A morning talk show host mobilizes a network of listeners during the Civil Rights era. The first act of this film sets up themes of negotiating… More
paul sandberg
as biography movies go, this is about middle of the pack. There are some nice moments, the reaction to the King riots, and some of the outragiousness of the… More
Jason Robinson
Another feather in Mr. Cheadle's cap. Super-fun movie with a solid dose of history. Always nice to see a well-done true-story.
danny d
this was a great movie. the story of petey green is portrayed with raw realism and the best part of this film was the performances of every member of the cast.… More