Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)




Critic Consensus: 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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The life and career of Whitney Houston is explored.


Critic Reviews for Whitney: Can I Be Me

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (4)

"Whitney: 'Can I Be Me'" has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.

April 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The film's main triumph is in crafting a convincing narrative with a clear point of view. Much of Dolezal's footage has never been seen.

April 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Heavy on glib generalizations but light on sharp insights or juicy revelations.

April 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Although it offers an astute analysis of how Clive Davis tailored Houston's sound and image to appeal to a white audience ... the film doesn't use enough of Houston's music.

April 28, 2017 | Full Review…

[It's] the lapses in simple documentary common sense that make this film feel like one more indignity to her legacy.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Whitney: Can I Be Me is the best kind of music documentary.

July 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whitney: Can I Be Me

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 Magalhães
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