Howard

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Howard serves as a bittersweet tribute to the life and legacy of a brilliant artist whose timeless songs served as the soundtrack for a generation of Disney fans.

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Directed by Don Hahn ("Beauty and the Beast"), "Howard" is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and creator of musicals including "Little Shop of Horrors." Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Howard's friends and family, the film is an intimate look at the Disney Legend's life, his creative drive, and the process behind the music. Spanning his childhood in Baltimore, to his formative years in New York, and his untimely death due to AIDS, "Howard" goes in-depth to explore his journey to become the lyricist behind some of the most beloved and well-known classic family films in the world.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (2)

  • If Hahn's filmmaking struggles to replicate the whimsical creativity of his subject, Ashman's genius shines through anyway.

    August 11, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Caroline Siede

    AV Club
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  • There's little here that couldn't be divined from Ashman's Wikipedia article and it seems a shame that someone responsible for four such extraordinary movies should be given such an unremarkable cinematic biography.

    August 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Howard" serves as a fitting celebration of that life and career. It's a chance for those who knew him to pause and fondly look back, in a way that merely adds to an appreciation of the parade that he helped start.

    August 7, 2020 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • Not just a love letter to Ashman's extraordinary talent, but those who will not give up until a story has all of their own imagination, heart, and empathy.

    August 7, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Ashman story itself is the stuff of a Broadway musical. It just needed some music -- what's here is doled out in penurious and unsatisfying morsels.

    August 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Howard" is a film intimately aware that no celebration of a life can be uncoupled from the emptiness left in its wake.

    August 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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