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Mary J. Blige's My Life (2021)

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Nine-time Grammy (R)-winning recording artist and Academy Award nominated singer and actress Mary J. Blige set the music world on fire with her trailblazing 1994 LP "My Life," a collection of powerful confessionals about her battles with abuse, depression and addiction that forged a profound and enduring connection with millions of fans around the globe. In Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth's documentary Mary J. Blige's My Life, the singer, producer and actress reveals the demons and blessings that inspired the record and propelled her from the soul-crushing world of New York's housing projects to international stardom. In the process, she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her most influential work by performing the album live for the first time.

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Critic Reviews for Mary J. Blige's My Life

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

This new documentary is utterly riveting as Blige recalls a childhood marked by violence and abuse in a grim New York housing project, and how she emerged with deep psychological issues unprepared for the success of her debut album.

July 14, 2021 | Full Review…

With "My Life," Blige saved herself -- and reminded her fans their selves were worth saving as well

June 28, 2021 | Full Review…

We never really get a sense of where she's been, let alone My Life's musical and cultural context.

June 28, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The sheen of a highly controlled narrative glosses over this 82-minute documentary.

June 25, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Where the documentary succeeds most plangently is in its fan testimonials of the album's impact and Blige's emotional recollections of the songs' roots.

June 24, 2021 | Full Review…

Despite its best intentions a surface-level puff piece--a feature-length commercial lacking in depth with platitudes substituting for insights.

July 18, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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