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Nina (2016)

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Critic Consensus: A wholly misguided tribute to its subject's searing talent and enduring impact, Nina is the cinematic equivalent of a covers project featuring all the wrong artists.

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She was one of the century's most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton's encouragement, the "high priestess of soul" began a courageous journey back to her music ... and, eventually, herself.

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Cast

Zoe Saldana
as Nina Simone
David Oyelowo
as Clifton Henderson
Mike Epps
as Richard Pryor
Ella Thomas
as Lorraine Hansberry
Ella Joyce
as Clifton's Mother
Siena Goines
as Heather
Kevin Mambo
as Gilles, Lead Guitarist
Ronald Guttman
as Henri Edwards
Chuma Gault
as Nina's Husband
Allison Sarofim
as Head Nurse
Keith David
as Clifton's Father
Stevens Gaston
as Clifton's Brother
Fred Cassidy
as Customs Agent
Bonnie Bartlett
as Recital Stage Woman
Ken Davitian
as Club Owner
Camille Natta
as Miss Larouche, Vocal Coach
Zack Zublena
as Loud Audience Member
Michael Vartan
as Radio Interviewer
Matthew Hoffman
as Lollipop Homme
Vyann Eteme
as Young Nina
Yasmine Golchan
as Doctor Cousier
Andrei Runtso
as Injection Orderly
Marsai Martin
as Young Girl on Tape
Nia Imani Hunter
as Young Girl Singer
Mathieu Schreyer
as Matt Temple
Michelle deVries
as Dinner Guest #2
Ben Latham-Jones
as Frenchman on Moped with Baguette
Randy Kerber
as Party Pianist
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (22)

Never seems authentic or real, just a bizarrely staged re-creation.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Respectfully factual in its over-all contours but sensational and sentimental nonetheless, the movie reduces Simone's life to clichés about hope; it replaces the creative drive with the commercial one, the artist with the celebrity.

April 25, 2016 | Full Review…

Saldana does a fine job of delivering the lyrics -- a daunting task for any actress required to step into those vocals, but fans of Simone will be aching for the real deal.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A Nina Simone novice seeing this picture would have no idea who this complex, magnificent artist was, or why she mattered.

April 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Why Mort, who wrote and directed the film, has chosen to focus on Simone's troubled 1990s period in France is anyone's guess.

April 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The word on this Nina Simone biopic has been so toxic for so long - it was filmed in 2012 but only released now - I was really hoping to find something good in it. No luck.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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