The United States vs. Billie Holiday Reviews

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February 26, 2021
God bless the ambition of The United States vs. Billie Holiday, but the fevered drama is still a miss.
February 26, 2021
I dare anyone to sit through Day's performance of "Strange Fruit" without getting chills. It's a dramatic full stop in Daniels' film-a brilliantly played direct address that leaves a viewer awestruck.
February 26, 2021
Andra Day is thrillingly gritty, real and complex as the iconic music great and political activist Billie Holiday.
February 26, 2021
For many, Day's performance will be enough to redeem the rest of the film.
February 26, 2021
For all its abundant flaws, The United States vs Billie Holiday is clearly the work of a man with hot celluloid running through his lymphatic system.
February 26, 2021
It wallows in cruelty, misery, and degradation without providing insight into the historical personages who are so thoughtfully depicted by its cast.
February 26, 2021
Substantively truthful but artistically false.
February 26, 2021
This film feels both timely and overdue, with Day's impressive portrayal of one of the most iconic artists of all time, centre stage.
February 26, 2021
Singer Andra Day's breakout star performance as jazz legend Billie Holiday raises this chaotic film above its faults by showing how Holiday used her voice as a starting gun for the civil-rights movement despite a relentless FBI campaign to destroy her.
February 26, 2021
It's hard to define why a well-proportioned movie crumbles; suffice to say that this one never fully gets to its feet in the first place.
February 26, 2021
Even with the benefit of a stunning performance by Andra Day and gorgeous costumes, [it] misses the mark ... [It] can't decide if it wants to be a politically driven drama, a campy drug-addict saga, or a sappy romance that was fabricated for the movie.
February 26, 2021
Parks and Daniels ... never determine what point they're trying to make in following this downward spiral with such grim fascination.
February 26, 2021
Daniels does not help things with his frequently baroque mise-en-scène, turning moments of genuine pathos into turgid affairs, emotion lost in the ostentatious clamor.
February 26, 2021
The film works mainly thanks to the wonderful work of Andra Day, inserting herself into the figurative skin of Billie [Full Review in Spanish]
February 26, 2021
When Day sings "Strange Fruit," she stares straight into the camera, bringing both chills and a moment of reflection. We truly see Holiday in that moment. As the powers that be want her to stop singing what's in her soul, the film doesn't let us see it.
February 26, 2021
Andra Day's performance as Billie Holiday is never less than dazzling, one of those breakthrough moments that divide our lives as audience into before and after.
February 26, 2021
In the end, Day, Billie's activism, and the song Billie champions are worthy of attention. But this vastly uneven movie doesn't do them justice.
February 26, 2021
While it makes a valiant effort to capture the import of Holiday's legacy, it's just as skillful at underlining the ways in which Holiday's myriad problems were quintessentially American in their making.
February 26, 2021
In "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," there is a struggle over how to tell that story.
February 26, 2021
A more narrow focus might have delivered more powerful results. Luckily, these muddles can't distract from Day's powerful presence and her magical singing...
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