She was the 'Empress of the Blues,' an immense talent whose love for music took her from anonymity in the dog-eat-dog world of vaudeville to the 1920s blues scene and international fame. Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this vivid portrait of a tenacious spirit who, despite her own demons, went on to become one of the most successful and influential musical artists of the 20th century. Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mo'Nique, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and Charles S. Dutton co-star.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings

89% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 6.8/10
  • Fresh 24
  • Rotten 3

Critics Consensus: Strong performances, led by Queen Latifah, overpower a middling script in the entertaining and informative Bessie.

16+ COMMON SENSE

Gritty biopic has sex, violence, drinking, great music.

Information

Studio
HBO FILMS PRESENTS A FLAVOR UNIT ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION AND A ZANUCK COMPANY PRODUCTION
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright
© 2015 Home Box Office, Inc.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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