Pick a random title Janis: Little Girl Blue

2015 2.0/5 TV-MA SuperHD 103 minutes

In this portrait of 1960s rock legend Janis Joplin, private letters and interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians reveal a fragile soul.

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Cat Power Directed by Amy Berg

Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Music & Concert Documentaries, Music, Rock & Pop Concerts, Rockumentaries

Language: English

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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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

 

The movie won't acknowledge that Joplin's voice or image were her own, and in the end it even gives her demons to the men.

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2015-11-24