Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney: Can I Be Me

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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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Reviews & comments

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.

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Variety

Variety

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

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Stuff

Stuff

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A heartbreaking watch.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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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.

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Newsroom

Newsroom

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

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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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.

0
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.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A heartbreaking watch.

0
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.

0
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.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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