Miss Sharon Jones!
Directed by Barbara Kopple
Starring Sharon Jones, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Portrait of the singer and her year-long battle with cancer.
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★★★½ review by Joel Mayward on Letterboxd
She walks up the stairs to the church, feeble and unsteady, her age and illness wearing on her. Then something profoundly Pentecostal happens: Miss Sharon Jones--recovering from surgery to remove pancreatic cancer, enduring chemotherapy, her band financially struggling without gigs--belts out a hymn with such spiritual fervor and strength, it's like watching a miracle unfold on screen. "I sing because I'm happy" she belts out, "and I sing because I'm free...I know He watches over me." She dances, a convulsing rhythm of wonder and strength. The woman who could barely make it up the church steps is quivering with passion, energized by both the music and the Spirit, and I am in awe.
I do miss Sharon Jones.
★★★½ review by karamashi on Letterboxd
A case of subject trancending the documentary itself. Sharon Jones, her music, and her story is phenomenal. It's an atypical kind of formalism when it comes to talking heads and simple cut editing. Jones persona is larger than life and of course, much bigger than a film can contain.
★★★½ review by Mike D'Angelo on Letterboxd
A.V. Club review. Barely even bothers to contextualize Jones for newbies, correctly wagering that we'll follow her anywhere five minutes after being introduced.
★★★★½ review by Jason Alley on Letterboxd
Excellent documentary about the great soul singer Sharon Jones, her singing career, and her battle with cancer. Inspiring, funny, deeply moving, and it goes without saying that the music is fantastic.
★★★★ review by Chris Hormann on Letterboxd
If you ever feel like life is getting you down or you're lacking in motivation, then just watch Miss Sharon Jones!, a wonderfully inspiring doco which shows that not even a major brush with the Big C can divert the passion, joie-de-vivre and sheer and relentless drive to perform of Miss Jones. Come for the music, stay for the life affirming truth.
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