Friday, May 24, 2024

“Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody” Scores a 95% With Audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Hollywood “Trades” Give Thumbs Up


When I saw the Whitney Houston biopic last week, I really liked it and said so.

Since then, both of the Hollywood trades — Variety and the Hollywood Reporter — agreed with me. So did a lot of major critics around the country, from places like the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone. Not bad!

“I Wanna Dance” also scored last night with the public. Fifty five reviews were published by civilian reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The Kasi Lemmons movie scored a 95% with them! People love this movie.

Naomi Ackie is wonderful as Whitney, plus two performances– Tamara Tunie as Whitney’s famous mom, Cissy Houston, and Clarke Peters as her dad, John Houston — are impeccable. Stanley Tucci is a stand out as Clive Davis. It’s kind of eerie how good he is!

How many times can you see “Avatar”? It’s an animated movie! The people in Whitney are actually very animated! You will love them.

And yes Naomi does a little of her own singing, but it’s mostly Whitney. The production used rare, live performances that will have you singing along!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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