What we have here is a godawful movie that, despite its general badness, nevertheless casts a spell of sorts.
Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.
Hudson’s powerhouse performance gives "Respect" more passion and energy than what one often encounters in a straightforward biopic.
The knowledge of how the movie must end hangs like a pall over its first 90 minutes, transforming an otherwise remarkable rags-to-riches tale into something steeped in regret.
"Raya" offers a screenplay and story geared primarily toward younger audiences and lacks the magic necessary to command long-term adulation.
A decade from now, Wheatley’s "Rebecca" will have faded from the memory, entirely eclipsed by Hitchcock’s interpretation.
Revisits familiar themes and ideas from other, earlier films that were presented to far better effect the first time around.
The relatively straightforward bio-pic trajectory feels more like a Victorian/Edwardian era soap opera than the chronicle of a scientific pioneer.
As a franchise and a brand, Peanuts undoubtedly has value, but this particular chapter is hermetically sealed in the 1970s.
Is too long by at least a half-hour for the surprisingly slight tale it has to tell.