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I Am Woman (2020)

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Critic Consensus: I Am Woman sticks disappointingly close to standard biopic formula, but Tilda Cobham-Hervey's performance keeps this affectionate, watchable tribute from falling flat.

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In 1966, single mother Helen Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) leaves her old life in Australia for New York and stardom, only to find that the industry's male gatekeepers don't take her seriously. Helen finds an encouraging friend in legendary rock journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald), who becomes her closest confidant. When ambitious aspiring talent manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters) sweeps Helen off her feet, everything changes as he becomes both her husband and manager and relocates the family to California. With a strong push from Helen, Jeff secures her a recording contract and subsequent string of hit singles, including the iconic megahit "I Am Woman." Increased fame leads to added pressures on themselves and their relationship, forcing Helen to find the strength to take control of her own destiny. I Am Woman is the inspiring story of singer Helen Reddy, who wrote and sang the song "I Am Woman" that became the anthem for the women's movement in the 1970s. The film is a story of fearless ambition and passion, of a woman who smashed through the patriarchal norms of her time to become an international singing superstar.

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Danielle MacDonald
as Lillian Roxon
Evan Peters
as Jeff Wald
Dusty Sorg
as Dany Cornelius
Gus Murray
as Paul Rankine
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This defiantly bland biopic of the Australian singing star Helen Reddy, who died this month, manages the remarkably counterintuitive feat of being oddly anti-feminist while describing the life of an acknowledged feminist flag-bearer.

October 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Each scene needed a jolt of music or energy that just wasn't there.

October 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The power of her music and the enduring struggle of women makes the film resonate beyond its formulaic surface.

October 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is a very standard biopic in many ways, but the lead performance is so warm and accessible... A cool little slice of American history.

September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

I Am Woman all too conveniently hauls out the usual biopic tropes but, as is true of so many other films in this genre, including much better ones, it's worth experiencing for its star performance.

September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

She is woman, but the Helen Reddy biopic doesn't roar.

September 11, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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