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In the end, you really are better off with the YouTube videos.
While the wisdom of Whitney's premise is debatable, Bassett's execution is confident and thoughtful.
There's something pure and insightful about how [Angela] Bassett's camera looks at this couple as they flirt, rut, marry, fight, talk about their careers, and experience wild ups and downs, including moments of professional resentment or jealousy.
While neither overly salacious or reverent, Whitney ... lacks dynamism in telling the tale of a very dynamic life, and falls short of illuminating anything about Houston that both diehard fans and casual observers of pop culture didn't already know.
DaCosta, a former America's Next Top Model contestant, instead captures the butterfly -- or the one people fell in love with in the first place.
Working from a script by Shem Bitterman, Bassett manages to make both of her leads relatively sympathetic, and to keep the story moving even when not a lot is happening.
Either change the name of the movie to Whitney and Bobby or give viewers more than a few hits, wigs and giggles. Give us more Whitney Houston.
The movie isn't terrible, but it's not especially good either. If the goal was to give Bobby's side of events: flawless victory.
Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic was confusingly bland, and we're not happy about it.
Here's the thing, as far as standard Lifetime movies go, this was a decent film. But the question is, does Whitney Houston deserve just 'decent,' or does she deserve an HBO miniseries, or a Hollywood film?
A disappointing story that feels superficial and unfinished.
The movie needs a rewrite and reshoot or just Whitney Houston's voice belting out "I Will Always Love You." Or it needs to be ignored.
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