Nina Reviews

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October 14, 2017
Nina feels like a movie made by people who fundamentally misunderstood Nina Simone. It conclusively proves that representation behind the camera is as important as representation on screen.
September 25, 2017
The prevalence of his crude symbolism begs the question of whether the imagery is meant to buttress a childlike worldview, or whether the filmmaking itself underestimates the viewer's intelligence.
November 7, 2016
This film had a great opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime story about a troubled, legendary singer, and add insight. Nina, in the most frustrating way, bungles that mission.
May 20, 2016
If this is a greatest hits album, Nina picks the least-accessible songs and then puts them all in the wrong order.
May 18, 2016
An insult to the legacy of the High Priestess of Soul, those looking for a richer exploration of the woman, artist, activist and legend, are best served elsewhere.
May 5, 2016
Never seems authentic or real, just a bizarrely staged re-creation.
April 29, 2016
While Saldana gives her very best in trying to embody the essence of Miss Simone with equal support from co-star David Oyelowo, both are confined to a weak script and for Saldana, probably the worst makeup job she's had on the big screen.
April 28, 2016
All in all, Nina is watchable in and of itself, but I can't recommend your paying full price for it, especially if you're a Nina Simone devotee.
April 27, 2016
A 90-minute-long character assassination, transforming a music legend into a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
April 25, 2016
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 22, 2016
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
A Nina Simone novice seeing this picture would have no idea who this complex, magnificent artist was, or why she mattered.
April 22, 2016
Zoe Saldana's woeful casting is just one of a myriad of reasons to despise Nina, as its plot and characterization fail to glean any insight into the iconic musician and Civil Rights activist.
April 22, 2016
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
Nina teaches us an important lesson about waiting for a film to come out before criticizing it. For it is only then that we can know how truly heinous it is.
April 22, 2016
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
Sometimes-edgy biopic of iconic musician doesn't dig deep.
April 22, 2016
Saldana's makeup and prosthetics can be rationalized to an extent; reducing Simone's achievements, turning her into a melodramatic stereotype, cannot.
April 22, 2016
A listless, oddly constructed tale that does a poor job of capturing Simone's star quality or indomitable racial pride ...
April 22, 2016
You'll see some durable makeup in "Nina." What you won't see is any justification why this film should exist.
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