Surviving R. Kelly: Miniseries (2019)

Surviving R. Kelly

Critics Consensus

By unearthing previously suppressed histories, Surviving R. Kelly exposes the dangers of enabling predatory behavior and gives necessary voice to its survivors.



Critic Ratings: 21

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 3, 2019
Air date: Jan 3, 2019
Air date: Jan 4, 2019
Air date: Jan 4, 2019
Air date: Jan 5, 2019
Air date: Jan 5, 2019

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Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly's genre defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly's inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.

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Critic Reviews for Surviving R. Kelly Miniseries

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (14)

The series is comprehensively damning and powerfully disturbing.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is a staggering, stomach-churning narrative work -- especially for those who have experienced similar traumas.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Surviving R. Kelly is all about making sure the women who have gone unheard get a chance to speak. It is brutal viewing. But it's so good to know it exists.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Gives voice to those who have been neglected for decades.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series did stumble a bit in trying to be unbiased and show all sides, but it rebounded once such thinking was abandoned in the third hour.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are moments where they sit back and they say, but we do have to look at the full picture... just a reminder, there's more there... and I admire that.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It is an important and powerful watch, providing an opportunity for R. Kelly's alleged victims to share their horrific experiences of abuse.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Bit by bit the stories of the participants become spellbinding, as each word adds to a vivid portrait. In a way, it is a symphony; each voice is an instrument.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

As a programme, Surviving R Kelly is deeply flawed. At best, it treads a fine line between attesting to the apparent pain of those taking part and exploiting it - and often gives in to temptation.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Surviving R. Kelly calls on music fans to consider how their support, while seemingly innocuous on an individual level, is one of the many threads upholding a predator's web-and how, in some cases, it can be the catalyst.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Surviving R. Kelly: Miniseries

  • Jul 27, 2019
    Exposes the horrendous crimes of R Kelly and gives a perfect timeline. Must see for everyone, especially parents.

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