Nina Reviews

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April 22, 2016
This abysmal piece of s*** deserves everything that's coming to it and more.
April 22, 2016
Writer-director Cynthia Mort focuses on Simone's late-career relationship with her nurse-turned-manager, and isn't able to branch out and grasp the story of Simone's art or her impact.
April 21, 2016
Ms. Mort's writing lacks psychological texture, and her direction generates little intensity, or even continuity.
April 21, 2016
Writer-director Cynthia Mort seems entirely in over her head while attempting to flesh out this legendary, complicated, volatile artist.
April 21, 2016
Coming less than a year after What Happened, Miss Simone? the fiction film Nina may feel even shabbier than it is. And it is shabby, as well as disjointed, superficial and just plain dull, a dislikable rendering of a tumultuous life.
April 21, 2016
Writer/director Cynthia Mort tells this story well enough, but we're still left wondering why she chose this story to begin with.
April 21, 2016
"Nina" filters the singer's voice - and her life - through tinny-sounding speakers and an out-of-focus lens.
April 21, 2016
But the biggest issue is Saldana's shoe polish appearance, which is sure to inflame those already dubious of her casting.
April 21, 2016
That's how bad "Nina" is at reinventing the wheel: it makes you wish it had been boring.
April 21, 2016
Nina has been so thoroughly misconceived, on virtually every level, that the only less interesting portrait imaginable would be one that takes place entirely when Nina Simone was in utero.
April 20, 2016
Any solid acting moments from Saldana or David Oyelowo are ruined whenever a blotchy, darkened, clay-ish face pops on screen. Zoe Saldana looks more like an X-Men character than the High Priestess of Soul.
April 20, 2016
Nina's true, accidental subject quickly reveals itself as the irreducibility of Simone herself: Little of her genius and complexity have been squeezed into this film's familiar three-act structure of friendship and redemption.
April 20, 2016
The film is committed to the sort of broad strokes that reduce a great artist's life to a spectacle of self-pity.
April 20, 2016
While not a disaster for the ages, there's still a lot to Nina that feels like a fib.
April 20, 2016
This Simone film hits all the wrong notes early. What is it trying to say about this enraged, iconic singer? Why does it want to say it?
April 19, 2016
Nina is satisfied to show us Nina Simone - and a very distractingly made-up Nina Simone, at that - but not to tell us anything about her.
April 19, 2016
Nina is a by-the-numbers musical biopic riddled with every conceivable cliché about "the tortured artist."
April 19, 2016
It's difficult to watch Nina and not compare it to What Happened, Miss Simone?... because the non-fiction version paints a more complete, nuanced portrait of a complicated woman.
April 18, 2016
Unforgivably exploits Simone's memory and name with a movie that plays like a sketch comedy parody of the worst possible Nina Simone biopic.
April 18, 2016
Ignore all the politically-correct, blackface haters. Singing aside, Zoe Saldana delivers a decent enough Nina Simone impersonation here to make you wonder what all the brouhaha was ever about.
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