Lady Sings the Blues Reviews

February 1, 2019
For all the liberties the film takes with the facts of Holiday's life, the bottomless hurt in Ross' voice as she channels Holiday's tartly tragic spirit rings true.
January 24, 2006
Ross conveys the vulnerability and determination of her character across a very believable arc of maturation.
May 9, 2005
How is it possible for a movie that is otherwise so dreadful to contain such a singularly attractive performance in the title role?
October 23, 2004
The movie is filled with many of the great Billie Holiday songs, and Ross handles them in an interesting way. She doesn't sing in her own style, and she never tries to imitate Holiday, but she sings somehow in the manner of Holiday.
January 1, 2000
Clearly, it's an affront to Holiday's art, but just as clearly, it's a good piece of low entertainment.
June 30, 2011
Though she doesn't look or sing as Billie Holiday, Diana Rosss gives a commendable performance in this fictionalized biopic, for which she received an Oscar noimination.
October 3, 2006
View this film about Billie Holiday as a completely fictional story, and you'll enjoy it far more than you would otherwise.
July 21, 2006
what the film does to Holiday's life, Ross does to her music, glossing it over a bit and condensing its artistry while infusing it with pop star glamour.
May 3, 2006
January 25, 2006
Ross so perfectly captures the essence of Billie Holiday's vocal style that it sends chills down your spine.