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58 Ratings


Directed by Kevin Macdonald
United Kingdom, United States, 2018
Documentary, Music, Biography


An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

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Whitney Directed by Kevin Macdonald

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | Midnight Screening

Edinburgh International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Best Documentary Feature Film

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2019 | Nominee: Documentary of the Year

Macdonald dwells overwhelmingly on the maelstrom of Houston’s painful, fraught relationships: to her abusive husband, Bobby Brown; to her suggested gay partner, Robyn Crawford; and to her disciplinarian mother, Cissy Houston. All these troubles seem like falling dominoes to be traced back to a singular source of her demons. Perhaps they can be, but what then of the light?
July 05, 2018
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Macdonald suggests that the subject of Whitney was neither the public, show-stopping Whitney nor the private, childish Nippy—just a human being trapped in the sort of roles we believe will ensure the happiness of the people around us and induce our own. That might make her unknowable, but it rings with an almost literary truth.
July 05, 2018
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It has compassion for Houston, but it feels theoretical. The story is presented as sadder and more extraordinary than its subject. ‘Beloved Female Pop Star Struggles with Addiction Under Extreme Public Scrutiny’ is an assembly-line narrative, but Houston’s voice was one of a kind.
July 11, 2018
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