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  • Director: Kevin Macdonald
  • Genre(s): Biography, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 min.

Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart seven consecutive U.S. No. 1 singles. She also starred in several blockbuster movies before her brilliant career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals and death at age 48. The documentary feature Whitney is an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston’s life

"It’s hard to watch young Whitney, knowing what lies ahead, but it seems important to do as the film does: take a moment, and just listen to her sing. "
- Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney’s life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer."
- Terri White, Empire
"What McDonald ends up with is a film that serves both as tribute and as cautionary tale, and one that functions well as both. "
- Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Macdonald leaves no stone unturned in this tremendous look at Houston, one that sheds real light on the singer’s psychology. "
- James Mottram, Total Film
"It's clear-eyed and remarkably honest, and Macdonald shows a flair for illustrating how Houston's life fits in the bigger picture."
- Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Whitney offers an informed and moving portrait of a complex, talented woman who was poorly understood, and often cruelly judged. "
- Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily
"In the alternately exhilarating and heartbreaking documentary Whitney, the Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“Touching the Void,” “The Last King of Scotland”) does a magnificent job of taking us through the paces of Houston’s life and times. "
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stripping the 'I Will Always Love You,' singer away from sensationalist tabloid dirt that marred her life, MacDonald’s thoughtfulness is arguably its standout element. The finesse with which he crafts his doc makes for, quite simply, an absorbing and moving portrayal of an unforgettable heartrending figure. "
- Jordan Ruim, The Playlist
"Whitney is at its most powerful when it focuses on reminding us what we all lost, because the more you think about how outstanding her gift was, the more tragic her absence feels. "
- Carlos Aguilar, TheWrap
"Whitney feels like the kind of film anyone who cared at all about her should see: the fullest portrait yet — if one that will always, inevitably fall short — of a singular artist and human being who may have eluded understanding in the end, but still gave the world far more than she ever got back."
- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly