Whitney Reviews

August 20, 2018
We needed more songs, a deeper investigation and less family interference not least because one of the executive producers is Patricia Houston. Ultimately the final product is still family controlled.
August 2, 2018
Musical history is the film's weak spot and the consequence of that, despite Macdonald's clear affection for his subject, is to underplay Houston's impact by depriving her artistry of its proper context.
August 2, 2018
Whitney can't escape the shadow of the Houston family...
July 19, 2018
For every overgeneralization Macdonald leans into or too-obvious historic parallels he lets fly, there is a corresponding performance, ebullient and transcendent -- a purity Macdonald, and his viewers for that matter, can't help but sour.
July 19, 2018
The public flogging of her pain for thrills leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.
July 11, 2018
Macdonald's doc doesn't have this depth, but it does contain a major reveal, which by now has been reported widely.
July 11, 2018
Whitney feels somewhat disconnected from its subject, more interested in observing the people around her in an assembly line of talking head interviews.
July 9, 2018
Whitney will be filed under "music documentaries" but it is no more about music than it is about carpentry or mathematics.
July 9, 2018
Alas, "Whitney" leaves viewers with as many questions as answers, which may be exactly how the image-conscious Whitney Houston would have wanted it.
July 6, 2018
As a nearly lifelong fan of Houston, I've never had a less enjoyable time thinking about her than I did for the two hours I spent screening this film.
July 5, 2018
For most of Kevin Macdonald's film, Whitney Houston seems a guttering flame in a public crosswind, with only fleeting celebration given to the wildfire of her success.
July 5, 2018
Houston's fans probably already know as much about the story as they want to, so it's not entirely clear who the film is aiming at, especially since it's somewhat frugal with show-stopping performance footage.
July 5, 2018
Ultimately, though, the latest documentary overreaches to make Houston's life and death about something bigger, in a way that at times feels as strained as some of the notes during that aforementioned comeback.
July 5, 2018
There is a strange sense of dancing around the awful truth but never quite getting right to it.
May 19, 2018
Two biographical documentaries in, and it still feels like we're in need of a Houston film that digs into her music first, and the hows and whys of its enduring power.
May 18, 2018
The tone is less incisive, it seems as if... the opportunity to carry out a media criticism about the way in which the press hovers around the lives of big stars is lost. [Full review in Spanish]
May 18, 2018
In its desire to become a multi-faceted agora... Cannes occasionally gives space to things like this: a vulgar and conventional television report about the life of Whitney Huston... [Full review in Spanish]