The United States vs. Billie Holiday Reviews

  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday
    • Genre : Drama,Biography,Music
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  • it's messy, defiant and important; It's not perfect, but "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" is a reminder that it doesn't matter how many times we've heard these stories, in how many ways. We have to keep telling them, and never forget
    3 of 5 by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic ]
  • it's a mixed-at-best effort with a strong lead performance, but one that ultimately cannot honor the legendary song (or singer's life) it takes most of its emotional and spiritual cues from
    Review rate : C- by Valerie Complex [The Playlist ]
  • in this sprawling, lacerating, but at times emotionally wayward biopic set during the last decade of Holiday's life, Day gives Billie a voice of pearly splendor that, over time, turns raspy and hard, and we see the same thing happening to Billie inside
    by Owen Gleiberman [Variety ]
  • Andra Day, a Grammy-nominated singer with no previous acting experience who delivers a debut performance so magnetically whole-bodied that her presence seems to rearrange the atoms of every room she walks into
    Review rate : B by Leah Greenblatt [Entertainment Weekly ]
  • Andra Day's rendition is heartfelt; But the direction and storytelling are laborious, without the panache and incorrectness of earlier Lee Daniels movies such as "Precious" (2008) and "The Paperboy" (2012)
    2 of 5 by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian ]
  • Andra Day mesmerizes even when Lee Daniels' unwieldy bio-drama careens all over the map with stylistic inconsistency and narrative dysfunction, settling for episodic electricity in the absence of a robust connective thread
    by David Rooney [The Hollywood Reporter ]
  • Andra Day is electric; [but] the film is unbalanced, generally failing to center on the song driving the story while romanticizing an affair between Holiday and a FBN agent
    2.5 of 5 by Mae Abdulbaki [ScreenRant ]
  • an astonishing, red-raw performance from the singer and novice actress Andra Day is the main draw in this excoriating biopic about the FBI's relentless pursuit of the jazz singer Billie Holiday
    4 of 5 by Kevin Maher [The Times (UK) ]
  • "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" is a misfire, and what a shame, because Andra Day had it in her to be great in this. The movie just didn't let her bring it out
    1 of 4 by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle ]

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