Respect gives you [Franklin’s] music, with its passion and power, lyricism and schmaltz. Long after they fell off the charts, these are songs that light you up – with feelings, memories – when you hear them. You sing along with them in your head and, after the credits roll, you keep on singing (and murdering) them.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Whether it’s in a nightgown or in the full, glorious regalia Aretha Franklin adorned in her concert appearances, Hudson performs with the same tireless intensity Re was known for throughout her career. It’s a damn good performance and this is a damn entertaining movie.
Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com