What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Academy Award-nominated documentary on the great Nina Simone. Directed by Liz Harbus (Lost Girls), the film covers the music icon's career from child piano prodigy to jazz legend. Told in her own words, Simone's journey also involved heavy activism work that constantly challenged rampant racism in America.

2015Rating: M, Offensive language101 minsUSA
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What Happened, Miss Simone? / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

Clearly there is entertainment value in this documentary, but it’s very much of a “behind the music” calibre.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An often electric, bracingly urgent documentary.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What Happened, Miss Simone does its job well, proving especially treasurable for its wealth of rare archive film footage and audio material that captures Simone’s fierce talent, fiery temperament and fragile mental health

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

What Happened features some of the best concert footage and musical performances in recent music doc memory, even if it never quite answers the question in its title.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Away from the confessions that induce shock and the divulgences that elicit sympathy, Garbus leaves ample space for lengthy sequences of Simone's performances.

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Variety

Variety

Garbus embraces Simone in all her multitudes and contradictions — or at least as many of them as can be comfortably squeezed into a 100-minute running time.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

An excellently clear-eyed primer on the woman whose talent carried her from an impoverished childhood in Tryon, N.C., to the world’s most rarefied stages—and whose political defiance nearly ended her career.

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