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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

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Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. Told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks' daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

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Oprah Winfrey
as Deborah Lacks
Rose Byrne
as Rebecca Skloot
Renee Elise Goldsberry
as Henrietta Lacks
Rocky Carroll
as Sonny Lacks
Courtney B. Vance
as Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
Reg E. Cathey
as Zakariyya Lacks
Reed Birney
as Dr. George Gey
Byron Jennings
as Dr. Victor McKusick
John Douglas Thompson
as Lawrence Lacks
Adriane Lenox
as Barbara Lacks
Roger Robinson
as Day Lacks
Gabriel Ebert
as Dr. Christoph Lengauer
Peter Gerety
as Paul Lurz
Kyanna Simone Simpson
as Young Deborah Lacks
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Henrietta Lacks achieved a kind of immortality after her death. But Skloot's book and, now, this gripping film adaptation will ensure that the world knows who she was.

April 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Winfrey's humane and riveting performance may make this adaptation worth a watch.

April 24, 2017 | Full Review…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good movie with a great performance.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Immortal Life is too abridged and disorderly to reveal very much.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Winfrey delivers a performance that's on another level. It can be challenging, even when she's convincing in a film or on a series, to forget that we're watching Oprah. But as Deborah Lacks... Oprah Winfrey completely disappears.

April 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Ninety minutes on the origins of the so-called HeLa cell line sound about as dramatically inviting as a teeth-cleaning. But Winfrey's performance, as Henrietta's tormented youngest daughter, Deborah, is jump-off-the-screen terrific.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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