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Amy

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United Kingdom
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2015

Rated R · 2h 8m

Director Asif Kapadia
Starring Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty
Genre Documentary
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An intimate look at the life and career of Amy Winehouse through archival footage and interviews with those who were close to her. Beginning with her emergence as a powerhouse talent in her teenage years, this documentary follows her worldwide success and the struggles she encountered along the way.

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IndieWire by

Kapadia leaves it up to the audience to determine whether Winehouse's situation could truly have gone another way. Whether he has or hasn’t captured the true essence of the singer may require further debate, but what’s beyond question is that Amy is an extraordinary, powerful work.
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Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Anyone with a beating heart will be forgiven for allowing it to break during this unflinching and thoughtful account of the life and death of the soul singer Amy Winehouse.
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Screen International by Fionnuala Halligan

Amy is a cautionary tale - she was the Janis Joplin of our age, and as it’s the media age, we get to see the full price of fame this time as a fragile talent self-combusts. It’s not a pretty picture.
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Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Amy also turns the camera back on the viewer who saw, mocked and ignored Winehouse’s descent as it transpired across the media landscape. How could the world collectively denigrate a woman whose addiction was destroying her? In this era of reactionary social media it’s a warning to all of us to be wary of stoning the next Amy in the digital town square.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

Hardly innovative in form, but boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s “Senna” so rewarding, this lengthy but immersive portrait will hit hard with viewers who regard Winehouse among the great lost voices not just of a generation, but of an entire musical genre.
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CineVue by John Bleasdale

Whereas Senna had that one moment of horrible impact, this latest tale is the story of one long car crash.
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The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is an overwhelming story, and despite everyone knowing the ending, it is as gripping as a thriller: Kapadia has fashioned and shaped it with masterly flair.
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The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Kapadia’s film is many things: a Sherlockian reconstruction of Winehouse’s arcing path across the skies of superstardom, a commemoration of her colossal talent, and a moving tribute to a brilliant, witty, vivacious young woman gone far too soon. But above all, it’s a perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love – from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public – and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

As a whole, Amy is an emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative.

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