Whitney: Can I Be Me Reviews

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August 15, 2017
We're fortunate to witness such impassioned consideration of Houston's art, career and life from the people who actually knew her. Still, it's notable that [Houston's closest confidante Robyn] Crawford isn't interviewed here.
August 10, 2017
What Whitney insinuates is that Houston's downfall and death aren't so much attributable to drug addiction as they are to her inability to reconcile so many conflicting aspects of her personality.
August 10, 2017
Whitney: 'Can I Be Me is a nearly joyless and melancholy piece of work. Because we know how it ends.
July 20, 2017
[It's] the lapses in simple documentary common sense that make this film feel like one more indignity to her legacy.
July 11, 2017
Whitney: Can I Be Me is the best kind of music documentary.
June 30, 2017
What lifts it from the usual half-hagiography/half-takedown, tell-all-doco-made-from-a-distance is its analysis of racism within the US music industry.
June 29, 2017
Car-crash gawpers may quibble that Broomfield has (respectfully) avoided footage of the final years, but this remains a quietly devastating portrait of a magnificently loud talent.
June 27, 2017
Far from the tabloid profile of a celebrity trainwreck one might have expected from [Nick} Broomfield, he takes care to piece together the personal and professional elements that combined to propel her calamitous downfall.
June 22, 2017
An appropriately tragic yet surprisingly eye-opening documentary on the rise and fall of singer and actress Whitney Houston
June 21, 2017
Can I Be Me is a touching, empathetic portrait of Houston as a daughter, mother, powerhouse performer and flawed human being.
June 19, 2017
The film works best as a study of celebrity self-delusion, with the singer glossing over reality in each media appearance, but Broomfield is not above milking emotion from the very people the documentary condemns for enabling Houston's destruction.
June 19, 2017
It's not the details already splashed across the tabloids with frequency that prove informative, but glimpsing the pain lingering behind the headlines.
June 19, 2017
A must for fans, non-fans will enjoy too.
June 19, 2017
When it comes to telling us who Whitney really was, however, the film only goes so far. [Although] for sure, it's absorbing.
June 18, 2017
You get the sense of a woman battling so hard to impress white America that her moral compass has gone haywire.
June 18, 2017
It's often uncomfortable to watch but still she's enrapturing: megawatt smile intact on stage and behind the scenes.
June 16, 2017
What emerges is a picture of a rather sweet and vulnerable woman who was overwhelmed by the trappings of wealth, and fame.
June 16, 2017
Broomfield settles for easy answers. But there are occasional glimmers of devastating insight.
June 16, 2017
On the whole this is surprisingly cautious and sad.
June 16, 2017
How strange to make a film about such a person yet turn them into an absence at the heart of it, in favour of a narrative that accentuates their powerlessness.
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