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Don Cheadle stars as outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene in a powerful biopic detailing the life and career of a media figure whose voice instilled the black community with hope during the turbulent 1960s. After talking his way onto the Washington, D.C. airwaves in the era of free love, a man emboldened by the inspirational soul music and rapidly expanding social consciousness that defined the decade openly courts controversy as his put-upon producer, Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), runs interference. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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