Janis: Little Girl Blue vividly and often poignantly revisits her short life -- and hard and fast times.
Ed Bark, Uncle Barky, 2016-05-04
Documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Prophet's Prey) has made an elegant, affectionate and, in many ways, remarkably cheerful film about Janis Joplin.
Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 2016-05-03
It's a wonderful portrait...and it is richly layered.
John Doyle, Globe and Mail, 2016-05-02
Fine, judicious, generous portrait of a lady who sang the blues.
Verne Gay, Newsday, 2016-04-29
"Baby I know just how you feel," she sang. And no one doubted that at all.
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, 2016-02-05
Despite the gloomy title and the subject's tragic demise, this valuable documentary of incendiary 1960s blues rocker Janis Joplin is actually more celebration than eulogy.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2016-02-04
Berg tells the story of Janis Joplin with sympathetic straightforwardness in "Janis: Little Girl Blue," and that's fine: Joplin herself provides all the excess.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2016-01-07
From this pastiche Joplin emerges as we've never seen her before, articulate, ambitious, torn between her wild self and her desperate need for stability.
Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 2015-12-03
Smoothly told, with the sweetly vulnerable Joplin letters adding an additional layer of pathos, it's a sad story that leaves us wondering what might have been.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-12-03
Though sluggish in the middle section, the film is nonetheless effective in illustrating how a star as incendiary as Joplin could dim and ultimately die in the spotlight.
Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, 2015-12-03
The director interviewed just about everyone relevant to Joplin's life story who is still alive. She uses archival footage and Joplin's letters - read by singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power - to add voices from beyond the grave.
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2015-12-03
This is a meticulously researched film that makes good use of its incredible access.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-12-03
Sweet and wild and vividly alive, she takes a little piece of your heart when she goes.
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, 2015-12-03
The film sustains a double vision of both the child and the hard-living folk-blues mama Joplin became.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2015-11-26
There's plenty of wonderfully wild onstage footage and charming, behind-the-scenes goofing around here, and the movie is a fan's appreciation of how much exuberant fun Joplin could be on and offstage, of her ferocious work ethic and mischievous spirit.
Ella Taylor, NPR, 2015-11-25
For anyone who just wants "the Janis Joplin story," told from start to finish-with plenty of examples of why anyone should care about the untimely death of a substance-abuser-Little Girl Blue is the way to go.
Noel Murray, AV Club, 2015-11-24
The movie doesn't rise above its music-doc formula of photo, clip, talking head. But for fans - like me - it's a heartfelt, engrossing tribute.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 2015-11-24
Amy Berg's deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin -- a singer whose shredded wail tapped reservoirs of pain -- gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, 2015-11-24
Berg does paper illuminating personal observations throughout, before landing a satisfying emotional punch at the end.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-11-16