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Jessica Edwards

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About the Movie

"Mavis!" is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There" in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Living legend Mavis Staples is fondly celebrated in Jessica Edwards' spirited biographical documentary. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Mar 30, 2015

Fresh: "Mavis!" is maybe too short and too plain, but it covers a lot of ground and contains a lot of great music. It's a fitting tribute to a true American original, belatedly getting her due. – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, Feb 11, 2016

Fresh: Even as she recalls career setbacks and personal disappointments, Staples displays rock-solid faith, unwavering confidence, and bubbly optimism. – Serena Donadoni, Village Voice, Feb 16, 2016

Fresh: Whether in church or on the concert stage, Staples remains indomitable, as scenes of her recent performances demonstrate. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Nov 12, 2015

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Customer Reviews


I love Mavis. Thought this was a very well-done documentary that did a good job highlighting the many phases of her career. What a voice!

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