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Critic Rating

7.7

15 Reviews
10 Ratings
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Audience Rating

6.3
0 Review
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English

Synopsis

A documentary on the late singer/songwriter, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.Wikipedia

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Amy Reviews

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Like the director's terrific previous documentary Senna, on the life of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, Amy humanizes a fascinating figure that deserved a more thoughtful study than the headlines provided. This is, in fact, an even stronger film – a carefully observed portrait of an abundantly talented but potentially fragile woman singed by the unforgiving glare of the spotlight.

Peter Travers
Rolligstone India

9

That last section of the movie, with Amy wasted by alcohol, drugs and eating disorders, is a gruesome horror show. But you don’t turn away, because the film has made Amy so touchingly, recognizably human. It’s her words, her music, her voicemails, her home videos, her friends, her family, her tormentors, and her timeless incandescence. Look, listen and weep.

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Indian Express

8

At the heart of the film is Winehouse’s music — each song tell us of her follies and foibles, her desperation to find a love ever-after, and her biggest hit, Rehab.

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Deccan Chronicle

8

I went into it not knowing much about her beyond the reports of her drug and alcohol abuse, and came out, a convert to her brand of music, to her brand of personality.

A fitting tribute to the lady who made jazz and the blues both interesting and accessible to a generation that couldn’t comprehend Miles Davis or Dinah Washington, Amy will make you wonder why we are so critical of icons we swear to love.

7

Amy's last years are depicted respectfully. Even during the most unflattering moments, like her last, disastrous gig in Belgrade, there is no hint of cinematic suggestion. The most touching sequence however, has got to be her recording session with jazz legend Tony Bennett at Abbey Road, which reveals what a vulnerable and sensitive soul she really was. If you're a fan of her music, you wouldn't want to miss this. The singer may be gone but the songs thankfully, live on.

Bryan Durham
DNA India

8

Adjectives don't do a telling of her life any justice. Neither does one documentary. But this one lets you take away what you want from her story. One thing is for sure, you come away with tears, though richer for having seen a side to Amy you had either only heard of before. Here's to more such documentaries!

Suhani Singh
India Today

7

In what's a gloomy watch, the moments of respite come when Amy is in the recording studio, crooning some of her classics or talking about music. "I was sick of the crap and watered-down stuff," she says explaining why she started writing her own songs. The Grammy win for Song of the Year draws tears of joy. It's fitting then that Kapadia ends the film with Valerie, which was Winehouse's last great recording. Amy may be gone, but her music remains.

The film's biggest achievement is headlining the effect fame can have on someone not prepared to become a celebrity. Ultimately Amy was just a girl who could belt out powerful songs, she was not ready for a starry public image. The film also paints a pretty gruesome picture of drug addiction, but it does it in a way where you understand why most celebs get hooked on to them, and you're doubly sure never to do them. Kapadia was hailed as the next big thing with 'Senna', and now with 'Amy' he has well and truly arrived.

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The hope then is that we will leave the cinema with more than just Rehab, Back To Black or Valerie playing in our heads, but with a few questions about the cult of celebrity that permeates our daily lives at a level higher than ever before. Amy is as much a celebration of the songs we loved as it is a mourning for the songs we could have had.

Ronita Torcato
The Free Press Journal

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Director of the acclaimed Formula 1 documentary “Senna,” Kapadia uses Amy’s own words, archival footage, interviews and song tracks to flesh out his frail,bulimia-stricken subject. It breaks the heart to see her swigging straight from the bottle in the middle of a song. The tears are never far when you see pictures of her, in childhood and adulthood, with her friends Juliette Ashby and Lauren Gilbert, friends she retained all her life.

IANS
Zee News

6

Overall, it is a highly engrossing and sensitively told documentary of a life wasted.

Juhi Matta
BookMyShow

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If you’re a fan of Amy Winehouse and want to go beyond the music, Amy is the perfect film to dig deeper into the life of the legend. It will make you uncomfortable and force you to think. This gut-wrenching film is a must-watch for fans across the board.

Amy is not just a study of the tragic life of a talented and misdirected young woman and a record of the Grammy-winning artist and her journey. It is also a thesis on the darker side of celebrity, fame and addiction. As one music professional says, “In our business, nothing can prepare you for that level of success.”

Anirban Lahiri
APotpourriOfVestiges

8

This film tries to show a life in excess, through snapshots. It connects beautifully in today’s age of mass commodification, where everything sells. The price that a sold-out life has to pay may be death. Probably this is why today’s generation of music lovers flock to watch their own dream in theatres. Amy, indeed, works as a mirror.

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