Whitney: Can I Be Me

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Whitney: Can I Be Me offers a sobering inside look at the tragic downfall of a brilliant performer, even as it leaves the audience yearning for deeper insight.

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Filmmaker Nick Broomfield goes in search of the forces that made and then destroyed singer Whitney Houston, who has been described as having one of the greatest voices of the last 50 years.

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Critic Reviews for Whitney: Can I Be Me

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (10)

  • Whitney. "Can I Be Me provides a compelling portrait of a supreme talent isolated by fame, dysfunctional relationships and a crushing drug habit, slowly diminished by the same qualities that originally made her a superstar.

    November 25, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    NPR
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  • The film is far from prurient.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It crafts a heartbreaking narrative through found footage, including never-before-seen interviews, performances and clips that address everything from her intimate relationship with best friend Robyn Crawford to her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown.

    August 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Whitney itself operates on two levels -- delivering another cautionary tale about the price of fame, but also a tribute to a voice so big and buoyant that it continues to echo long after her death.

    August 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • As is often the case in documentaries like this, absorbing all those details as part of one, tightly edited story gives them an impact they lack when digested in individual pieces over time.

    August 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A surprisingly conventional, dutifully respectful behind-the-scenes portrait of Whitney Houston's rise and struggles with fame and drugs before her death at 48.

    August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whitney: Can I Be Me

  • Oct 05, 2017
    Felt surprisingly short and as if it could have covered more. Admittedly I have never been a fan or followed Whitney's career, so I knew next to nothing about her anyhow, aside from the hits and the drug abuse, marriage to Bobby Brown etc. I am assuming most interested in this would probably go into it with a bit more background than I did. I did get the impression of a slightly sad, insecure woman, which isn't at all what I would have pictured. Focuses more on the personal than the music, which I appreciated, but still could have gone a bit deeper.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2017
    Another of those passable but uninspired documentaries that feel more like a reportage, as they set out to tell us about someone's life and yet in the end we have only the strong impression that we didn't learn much about who that person was, felt or even thought.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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