Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney: Can I Be Me

BAFTA-winning documentarian Nick Broomfield and music video director Rudi Dolezal trace the forces that contributed to Whitney Houston's shortened career.

Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned. They create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide a wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how that talent lives when the stage lights go down.

2017Rating: M, Drug use & offensive language100 minsUSA, UK
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Nick Broomfield ('Kurt & Courtney', 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper', 'Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer')Rudi Dolezal ('Freddie Mercury, the Untold Story', 'Sarah Brightman: Harem - A Desert Fantasy')
Writer:
Nick Broomfield
Cast:
Whitney Houston
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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Still probably best known over a decade later as the controversial documentary director of Kurt & Courtney and Biggie & Tupac, Nick Broomfield finds himself on seemingly familiar turf (alongside co-director Rudi Dolezal) with this look inside the turbulent, tragically short life of Whitney Houston.

3.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Although it offers an astute analysis of how Clive Davis tailored Houston's sound and image to appeal to a white audience ... the film doesn't use enough of Houston's music.

Variety

Variety

press

"Whitney: 'Can I Be Me'" has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A heartbreaking watch.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Whitney 'Can I Be Me' delivers yet another tragic lesson in the toxic mix of fame and talent and children: it should be required viewing for all those who seek to follow this diva's path to fame and fortune.

Newsroom

Newsroom

press

Hits some of the high notes, but, by missing the more personal touches, also somehow manages to put a few beats wrong.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The film’s main triumph is in crafting a convincing narrative with a clear point of view.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Heavy on glib generalizations but light on sharp insights or juicy revelations.

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Still probably best known over a decade later as the controversial documentary director of Kurt & Courtney and Biggie & Tupac, Nick Broomfield finds himself on seemingly familiar turf (alongside co-director Rudi Dolezal) with this look inside the turbulent, tragically short life of Whitney Houston.

3.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Although it offers an astute analysis of how Clive Davis tailored Houston's sound and image to appeal to a white audience ... the film doesn't use enough of Houston's music.

Variety

Variety

press

"Whitney: 'Can I Be Me'" has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A heartbreaking watch.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Whitney 'Can I Be Me' delivers yet another tragic lesson in the toxic mix of fame and talent and children: it should be required viewing for all those who seek to follow this diva's path to fame and fortune.

Newsroom

Newsroom

press

Hits some of the high notes, but, by missing the more personal touches, also somehow manages to put a few beats wrong.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The film’s main triumph is in crafting a convincing narrative with a clear point of view.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Heavy on glib generalizations but light on sharp insights or juicy revelations.

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