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While [It] clears up the timeline and circumstances of the health crisis, it is a story of trauma told in isolation from deeply examining the larger business and societal pressures that continue to impact Lovato's treatment of her disease.
A remarkable achievement. Time for entertainment's most hulking behemoth to learn a thing or two about controlling the narrative, it seems, from one of its own.
The trauma of these two incidents is rightfully given plenty of time to be absorbed in the documentary.
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil may be hard for some to watch, but it tells a compelling story with a genuinely engaging subject at the center.
In this revealing and raw film, Demi Lovato comes clean about trying to come clean after her the drug overdose that nearly killed her. This candid, graphic documentary effectively has Demi spill her guts head-on right into the camera.
Watching Lovato and her sisters, parents, friends, and staff talk about their experiences with the pop star's addiction and how they supported her is deeply affecting.
It's perhaps an overused phrase, but after being denied ownership of her story for so long, Dancing with the Devil really does allow Lovato to reclaim her narrative.
Lovato deserves plenty of kudos... but this "setting the record straight" feels a little too controlled to truly be engaging and emotionally immersive.
Lovato's audacity for telling a messy story and owning her choices and self-centeredness is practically unsurpassed.
The furthest thing possible from a reputation-branding documentary for a star, Lovato's film is full of shocking revelations- and it's hard not to have sympathy.
Audience Reviews for Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil: Miniseries
5d agoIt's a sad indictment of the day, when someone has to stay relevant via drug addiction, self harm and a historical "rape" ( that she never reported at the time of the offence ) ? I despair at these "self entitled" child prodigies. Even more despairing are the vacuous "fan girls" who lap this crud up.
Apr 08, 2021A brutally honest look at the struggles of pop's most honest and most talented star. Although I was at times not a fan of Ratty's scattered directing and the choppy flow of the last two episodes the doc is still an absolute must see for Demi's story alone.
Apr 07, 2021The singer and her friends, family, and team open up about Lovato's overdose and the events leading up to it. The candidness and honesty is refreshing and admirable. It's also interesting to watch this so shortly after the Britney Spears documentary. I really hope we take to heart how these young women act as a microcosm of the unrealistic pressures put on women every day, especially those in the spotlight: be sexy but a virgin, be fit but don't eat, radiate confidence and independence but do as you're told and deal quietly with abuse. It's a recipe for disaster. One tiny gripe: I do not understand how this doc did not play her full Grammy performance after the OD, and instead had people annoyingly talking over just a small piece of it. Let us listen and feel it.
Apr 07, 2021Demi Lovato has been through hell and back; she started as a Mousketeer, then she got started on Disney Channel appearing in short skits until she got her claim to fame in 'Camp Rock' ultimately becoming an iconic artist as well as becoming an advocate for the LGBTQ and mental health, recently she embraced body positivity too. From then on she became a teen star/idol for many yet these days it's still such a struggle for teen actors in the spotlight, not to mention the amount of pressure and at times toxic working environments. Sometimes they suffer verbal and physical abuse that never leaves, it stays with them for years and it's hard to forget. Demi almost felt on top of the world like many. Then the fateful day happened....she was in the hospital July 24th, 2018 after almost dying from a fatal overdose of heroin and oxycodone. For 3 months she was fighting for her life. Directed by Michael D. Ratner YoutTube presents another documentary about the former Disney star, her last one was in 2017 just barely scratching the surface of what was going on internally. Last spring 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic Demi was finally ready to tell her truth of her downward spiral everything from her estranged relationship with her father to being in beauty pageants facing competition to her hardship as a Disney tween celebrity to her frequent setbacks consuming alcohol to eating disorders to mental health problems such as depression/bi-polar disorder. Here she's finally laying thick the real deal of what transpired leading to this terrible ordeal: Her family from her mom, Dianna to her sisters to her concert crew open up about the many new challenges she faces. Glenn Nordlinger, her entertainment business manager has so much influence in her life that most celebrities never have that kind of input. He's become a friend to Demi that she's grateful for. One of the many new developments that shocked me the most was Demi opening up that she was sexually assaulted while she was incapacitated. No woman...heck, nobody should ever have to go through that. Turns out she also suffered through many of those same horrors from childhood to her teenage years. It made her feel worse not being able to talk about it or have the ones who did it face justice. The drugs and substance abuse and bulimia were coping mechanisms that affected her negatively. Sobriety has to be your choice, if it's someone else's it's not yours alone, there's so much pressure to be perfect physically in the spotlight it bears heavily, for females there's too much to be this version of beautiful and flawless and it gets tiring, you unintentionally become a martyr for many that can be very isolating, depriving someone of something addictive they find a way to get back into it, when people relapse they will return to a much harsher bottom level, it's impossible to help someone who will not help themselves, abusing your abuser doesn't help, women are more oppressed than men particularly as teen idols, you never want to give up on someone, addiction is a never ending battle, recovery is not a one-size-fits-all solution A lot of these interviews are very detailed but also horrifying and gut-wrenching knowing what Demi actually went through. Because of this overdose she has suffered health side effects as a result from poor eyesight to bad hand-eye coordination to surviving a heart attack and having two strokes. For her this has to be the ultimate wakeup call, heck anyone who goes through relapsing can see that things need to change immensely. Demi is responsible for her choices and to confront her past traumas. Now it's about her reclaiming the power that was taken away. Even after all this the hatred on the Internet soars to new heights with many people blaming Demi's friends for the situation. The universal truth is not everyone has the facts so social media is just a way for them to rant incessantly. Demi also had a brief romantic encounter during quarantine only to have it end in heartbreak. But like anything she takes it as a learning experience to not rush into anything or be too dependent on a version of someone that isn't in sync. Today Demi doesn't want to label herself as far as sexual orientation but she will be comfortable in her love life the way she sees fit. This is a much more in-depth documentary exploring this woman's internal, emotional, and personal struggles. We hear everyone's take on her impossible journey to get better and reinvent herself. 'Dancing with the Devil' gets deep, scary, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and shocking. Demi is still with us so she will use the time she has to work on herself and not fall back into the same dark pit. It's all about finding balance in every element of her life. She's growing up and taking all the bad stuff that happened to make her much stronger than ever before. With her music she wants to tell a story and give people a voice. There are more important things to address these days in her eyes. I feel this documentary was much needed for her and for many others who are afraid to open up about their issues having the courage to do something about it. All Demi Lovato fans should have this as a mandatory watch. Life is fluid and so is she. Keep strong and don't give up!
Apr 02, 2021very strong documentary, so good seeing Demi mentally strong enough for sharing her story with us.
Mar 30, 2021Such a strong documentary. Demi Lovato always showing how incridible she is.
Mar 30, 2021Raw and real. One of the most honest celebrities out there definitely recommend watching!
Mar 28, 2021This documentary is the best she has ever done, it is so raw and honest, I love that she's setting the record straight and telling us what it was that happened that day, she's the strongest artist of this generation, I love her so much
Mar 27, 2021Lovato showed her truth for the world, this is so important. She served.
Mar 26, 2021So incredibly real and raw. This documentary shows just how much you never know what someone is going through, especially the ones in the spotlight. Very powerful and so glad she is here today to share her truth. This is definitely a must watch!