Whitney Reviews

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March 5, 2019
This is the definitive doc about Whitney that you need to see.
July 13, 2018
The film is a sad calamity of conflicting narratives as those closest to Houston work through varying stages of honesty and denial.
July 12, 2018
Whitney Houston just wanted to dance with somebody who loved her. But life moved too fast for the tragic pop diva.
July 10, 2018
[Kevin Macdonald] knows how to tell a story about a really complicated famous person and try to provide insight into that person that we think we already know.
July 10, 2018
An explosive and controversial documentary that sheds new light on her tragic and perhaps inevitable fall.
July 10, 2018
[Macdonald's] "Whitney" is daring both emotionally and aesthetically, and gets to a kind of truth about Houston the public has never known before.
July 9, 2018
Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston's career.
July 6, 2018
Kevin Macdonald's "Whitney" is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston's life; it's tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.
July 6, 2018
Kevin Macdonald's electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,
July 6, 2018
For much of its two-hour running time, we watch the life slowly being sucked out of a legend; the last thirty-minutes are consumed by ineffability.
July 6, 2018
A well-done but all-too-woeful wallow of a documentary.
July 6, 2018
To see this documentary is to be in awe of her talent, and to bask in it.
July 6, 2018
It's all the Whitney Houston documentary you'll ever need - if you need one at all.
Top Critic
July 5, 2018
For all the domestic sturm und drang, it's the blossoming of Houston's musical sensibilities that most engages in the film.
July 5, 2018
McDonald expertly drops in snippets of sometimes extraordinarily candid interviews with Brown, Cissy; Whitney's half-brothers Michael and Gary, and Kevin Costner.
July 5, 2018
Macdonald interviews with a keen eye and ear, probing for answers, but all of those who surrounded Whitney are implicated to some extent in her downfall.
July 5, 2018
It cannot fail to move and disturb with a story so compelling you can't turn away even if you know the outcome. Maybe especially if you know the outcome.
July 5, 2018
"Whitney" is too funereal to be a party, too sad, strange and dismaying to cheer. Yet, in its grim, guilt-inducing way, the film works, even on the occasions when it's working against itself.
July 5, 2018
It's long and ultra-depressing, but still quite compelling, too.
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.
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