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Amazing Grace (U)

Music, Documentary

A documentary concerning singer Aretha Franklin's 1972 performances at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.

The critical consensus

You don't want to see this on a giant screen, but in a venue where you can feel the thrilling intimacy the congregation felt.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 06/05/2019

Surely the new gold standard of filmed music concerts?

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 08/05/2019

When she hits the high notes, the choir members are so overcome with emotion and admiration at the sheer beauty and strength of her voice that they burst into spontaneous applause. Watching Amazing Grace, spectators are likely to want to do the same. You can’t help but worship her brilliance.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 09/05/2019

This documentary, shot during recording sessions by the charismatic queen of soul in a Los Angeles church, is a transcendent joy.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/05/2019

A spellbinding performance by the late, great singer is captured in Sydney Pollack’s 1972 film – finally brought to the screen after a long technical and legal battle.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 12/05/2019

Features about Amazing Grace (U)

Amazing Grace: Why Aretha movie lay hidden for 50 years.

Emma Jones, BBC, 10/05/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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