AceShowbiz - %cWhitney Houston%'s family sounded off their disapproval of a biopic about the late singer on Lifetime ahead of the TV movie premiere on Saturday, January 17. In a statement posted on Houston's official website, her sister-in-law %cPat Houston% slammed the telepic that was made without the family's blessing.
Pat accused %cAngela Bassett%, who directed the biopic, of using her friendship with Houston to push the movie forward. She wrote, "Misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends."
Pat went on warning those who wanted to watch the biopic, "If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst."
Despite Pat's skepticism about Lifetime's take on her sister-in-law's real-life story, "Whitney" drew mixed comments after it aired on Saturday night. "The #Whitney movie is SOO good," a Twitter user named Ani Caribbean wrote. Former "The View" co-host %cSherri Shepherd% also commented, "This @lifetimetv movie #Whitney was very good. Great job @theyayadacosta." On the other hand, ElashaLatrice said, "#Whitney this movie is like soft porn yo.. theres more sex scenes then singing... who wrote this?"
%cYaya DaCosta% was praised by critics for her portrayal of the R&B diva. The Hollywood Reporter's Allison Keene wrote in her review, "The makeup and wardrobe department did an exceptional job recreating Houston's looks on DaCosta, who nails her mannerisms, particularly when it comes to a performance of 'I Will Always Love You' - and her chemistry with Escapeta."
Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd said, "DaCosta is remarkably convincing lip-syncing to Cox's re-recordings of Houston's hits," adding that the movie is "a better-than-average Lifetime film."