Luther: Never Too Much

USA | 2024 | 101 min. | Dawn Porter

An absolutely stunning profile on the velvet-voiced R&B singer Luther Vandross, from his auspicious beginnings as a backup vocalist all the way to selling over 40 million albums before his passing in 2005, told through archival footage and the friends he made along the way.

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“'Luther: Never Too Much' will have fans dancing in their seats, playing karaoke to some of his best slow songs, or in the mood for love, which is how his friends, family, and Porter want him to be remembered most.”—Ronda Racha Penrice, TheWrap

There’s a term in pro wrestling describing a certain type of wrestler: a “good hand.” Good hands are skilled, dependable performers whose role is to put others over. Though they may never reach the top of the mountain, you’re guaranteed a good show. This term came to mind several times when watching Dawn Porter’s Luther: Never Too Much, a career retrospective of one of R&B’s greatest unsung treasures, Luther Vandross. The start-stop highs and lows are all here with the “Endless Love” singer finding wins whenever he can in the face of bigotry, body-shaming, and an ever-shifting music landscape. Vandross’ professional drive and undeniable mind for vocal composition creates a hall-of-fame resume, landing gigs with Young Americans-era David Bowie, disco titan Dionne Warwick, and even Jim Henson. A murderer’s row of Motown greats, A-Listers, and the industry elite line up in this doc to testify to Vandross’ greatness and professionalism. It’s hard to argue. This womb-to-tomb music documentary highlights one of the best to ever grace the music industry. It’s time this “good hand” got his due.

—Andrew Shanks

  • Director: Dawn Porter
  • Principal Cast: Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2024
  • Running Time: 101 min.
  • Producer: Trish Chetty, Ged Doherty, Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, Leah Smith
  • Cinematographers: Bryan Gentry
  • Editors: Mark Fason
  • Music: Robert Glasper
  • Filmography: The Lady Bird Diaries (2023), Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (2021), John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020), Gideon’s Army (2013)
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Sony Music Entertainment
  • International Sales: Sony Music Entertainment