Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Amy Winehouse Movie “Back to Black” Slammed in Early Reviews by Critics a Month Ahead of Release

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I wish I knew what was going on.

Today, 18 reviews for the Amy Winehouse biopic, “Back to Black” have popped up on Rotten Tomatoes.

They are evenly divided, which is not good. A 50% rating is considered rotten.

What’s really weird is that the Focus Feature’s release date is May 17th — more than a month away. Usually studios embargo reviews for films, and certainly for those with mixed reviews.

Interestingly, both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said it was “fresh” despite misgivings. But The Wrap critic William Bibbiani hated it, and so did a lot of British reviewers.

This seems an odd way to start a campaign. A documentary about Winehouse called “Amy,” from Asif Kapadia, won an Oscar a few years back. A lot of comments under the reviews are saying that’s the only real Amy Winehouse film.

On the positive side, reviewers seem to like Marisa Abela as Amy. It’s the screenplay they have issues with. I can’t wait to see it. Let’s keep an open mind!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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