Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)



Critic Consensus: Respectful without veering into hagiography and inquisitive without being intrusive, Janis: Little Girl Blue offers an insightful glimpse into the life of a rock 'n' roll legend.

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Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. This in depth examination presents an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, and often beleaguered artist. Joplin's own words tell much of the film's story through a series of letters she wrote to her parents over the years, many of them made public here for the first time. Joplin was a powerhouse when she sang, and her recordings have never left the radio or the hearts of rock fans worldwide. A new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever.

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Critic Reviews for Janis: Little Girl Blue

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (23)

Janis: Little Girl Blue vividly and often poignantly revisits her short life -- and hard and fast times.

Full Review… | May 4, 2016
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

Documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Prophet's Prey) has made an elegant, affectionate and, in many ways, remarkably cheerful film about Janis Joplin.

Full Review… | May 3, 2016
Los Angeles Times
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It's a wonderful portrait...and it is richly layered.

Full Review… | May 2, 2016
Globe and Mail
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Fine, judicious, generous portrait of a lady who sang the blues.

Full Review… | April 29, 2016
Top Critic

"Baby I know just how you feel," she sang. And no one doubted that at all.

Full Review… | February 5, 2016
Globe and Mail
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Despite the gloomy title and the subject's tragic demise, this valuable documentary of incendiary 1960s blues rocker Janis Joplin is actually more celebration than eulogy.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Janis: Little Girl Blue

A great biography of Janis Joplin who I did not know much history about it. Thankfully there is a lot of Janis recorded and the documentary benefits from her own words with plenty who knew her able to fill in the blanks.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

great documentary about a legendary singer, learned new things that I didn't know about Janis...recommend it to everyone

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apollo hesiod

Director Amy Berg's documentary of Janis Joplin manages to get deeper into the rock legends soul than most pieces I have seen on her. It shows the sadness hidden behind the icon.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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