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The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)


Billie Holiday spent much of her career being adored by fans. In the 1940's, the government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial ballad, "Strange Fruit."

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

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Released Year: 2021
Runtime: 131 minutes
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Directors: Lee Daniels, Lee Daniels

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Billie Holiday spent much of her career being adored by fans. In the 1940's, the government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial ballad, "Strange Fruit."

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Reviews


70
Variety - Owen Gleiberman
This is gripping stuff, to be sure, yet the movie, volatile as it is, lacks a full dramatic center and the momentum that would flow out of it.
63
Movie Nation - Roger Moore
It’s a bio-pic that keeps its brilliant, sultry, complicated subject at arm’s length.
63
Slant Magazine - Dan Rubins
The film finds its purpose most pointedly when it zeroes in on the unambiguous relationship between Holiday and “Strange Fruit.”
63
USA Today - Brian Truitt
Even with its imperfections, “Billie Holiday” tells a needed story and along the way introduces a bright new Hollywood star to watch.
60
The Hollywood Reporter - David Rooney
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. It's a mess, albeit an absorbing one, driven by a raw central performance of blistering indignation, both tough and vulnerable.

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