Framing Britney Spears
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Critic Ratings: 30
Critics Consensus

"Framing Britney Spears" asks more questions than it can answer, but remains a sobering examination of the toxic nature of celebrity culture.

Episode Info

Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.

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Critic Reviews for Framing Britney Spears

Misogyny is one of the lenses through which to see Spears' mistreatment, but there's another one to use too: social class.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

"Framing Britney Spears" illuminates, with stark clarity, how uniquely cruel Spears's treatment was.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Watched through a #MeToo prism, it was excruciating. The dark message of the film was that we were complicit - anyone who read the gossip or giggled at a Britney's-gone-nuts joke.

Feb 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Stripped of her voice, Spears been turned into a meme and a cautionary tale, and her own participation in that narrative remains elusive. After all this time, we're still projecting so much onto Britney Spears.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

On the same level as a Power Point presentation or a Wikipedia page.. However, the discussion that the documentary incites is important. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 31, 2021 | Full Review…

At just 74 minutes, Framing Britney Spears feels like watching a train wreck, not in slow motion, but sped up to a dizzying pace.

Feb 26, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As we see in Framing Britney Spears, over time this kind of constant character assassination in the tabloids can have devastating effects.

Feb 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Framing Britney Spears is best viewed as a painful, empathetic examination of someone who has been repeatedly kicked while they were down.

Feb 25, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Guilty of exaggeration, oversimplification, and (most of all) indulging in a heroes-and-villains vision of complicated, messy lives. In other words: There's a lot of tabloid in this Times production.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Spears doesn't owe her fans any explanation, but more than anything, this documentary made me long for the day when we hopefully do finally get this complex story in her own words.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

It's the capstone on an unsettling portrait of the way the fame monster can tear a person to shreds - and a damning commentary on the culpability we all share in turning Spears's life into a circus.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

"Framing Britney Spears" is worth watching for the details, the history it tells, and the history it captures inadvertently by virtue of its hybrid journalistic filmmaking.

Feb 19, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…