Back to Black

critic Reviews

, 34% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Back to Black's sympathetic approach to its subject's story is an overdue antidote to the tabloid treatment she often received in life, even if the end results are disappointingly pedestrian.
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    Kristy PuchkoMashable
    This papering over of Winehouse and her story isn't just bland and boring — it's offensive.
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    Emma OxnevadChicago Reader
    Much like the rabid tabloid coverage Winehouse faced, Back to Black is a lazy attempt to capitalize on both the success and struggles of a great artist.
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    Rafer GuzmanNewsday
    An incomplete version of a well-known story.
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    Kyndall CunninghamVox
    Back to Black adds up to nothing more than Daily Mail headlines.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    Perhaps there was a strong movie buried here somewhere, if the filmmakers had not made so many traditional choices to dull a messy figure for Hollywood.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    Working from Matt Greenhalgh’s script, Taylor-Johnson vaults through significant moments in her life without giving them any real significance.
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    Milana VujkovLola On Film
    Make[s] the central emotional drama of [Amy Winehouse's] final years clearer to the audiences by elevating her relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil to the position it actually had in her life.
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    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    Feels more like a melodramatic depiction of Amy’s complicated and toxic relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil than an insightful exploration of her life and career. It teeters on the edge of tabloid-esque, which really is a shame.
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    Cherlynn NgThe New Paper (Singapore)
    The movie is well-paced and sufficiently engaging despite a lack of focus beyond Winehouse’s romantic dalliances.
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    Manuel BetancourtFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It never figures out what it wants to say about Amy Winehouse.
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