Whitney

Whitney

Whitney

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston from documentarian Kevin MacDonald (Marley, Life in a Day). Contains new glimpses into the late performer’s past, including previously unreleased tracks and never-before-seen footage, as well as live performances throughout her career.

2018Rating: M, Offensive language120 minsUK, USA
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Kevin Macdonald ('The Last King of Scotland', 'State of Play', 'How I Live Now')

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Whitney / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

The devil may have got her in the end, but we’ll always have that voice as consolation. “God gave me something really good,” says Whitney, without conceit. “And he didn’t give it to everybody.” Amen to that.

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Decider

Decider

Somehow makes the tale of Houston’s rise and fall new again.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

(A) sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney's life and death...

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Time Out

Time Out

Sharp-edged, revelatory and seriously emotional...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There is a strange sense of dancing around the awful truth but never quite getting right to it.

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CNN

CNN

Ultimately... (Whitney) overreaches to make Houston's life and death about something bigger...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

In its grim, guilt-inducing way, the film works, even on the occasions when it's working against itself.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Macdonald dwells overwhelmingly on the maelstrom of Houston’s painful, fraught relationships...

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NPR

NPR

Macdonald's film... does go deeper and more nuanced on things we mostly already know.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

A disturbing picture of the isolation of celebrity.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Well-done but all-too-woeful...

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston's career.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Whitney is the second recent documentary to chart the irresistible rise and irreversible demise of American singing legend Whitney Houston. It is also clearly the better one.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Slickly presented, cohesive and moving.

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Stuff

Stuff

As well as offering plenty of insight and revelation... Macdonald's movie also feels slightly superior because of his visual and audio choices.

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Vulture

Vulture

Two biographical documentaries in, and it still feels like we're in need of a Houston film that digs into her music first, and the hows and whys of its enduring power.

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The Times

The Times

It's an often sad but always absorbing two hours, and [director Kevin] Macdonald balances the heartbreaking troughs with dazzling peaks.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Macdonald interviews with a keen eye and ear, probing for answers, but all of those who surrounded Whitney are implicated to some extent in her downfall.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A potent assessment of one of the most tragic stories in pop history - one that, sadly, could have been different had Whitney had the room to be Whitney.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

All told it's another solidly constructed doc profile whose very nature leads it to milk the inherent tragedy of a celebrity who checked out ahead of time.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A haunting, richly contextualized documentary portrait.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...well-made and ingeniously edited documentary.

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