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Janis: Little Girl Blue (15)

Documentary, Biography, Music

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.
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The critical consensus

It has to be said that coming so soon after Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed Amy, which has set a high bar for musical bio docs, Berg’s film feels more ordinary and by-the-numbers. But baby boomers will shed a tear for this little girl lost and thrill to her rare musical power, while whippersnappers who know naught of Janis should check her out.

***(*)(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 01/02/2016

Although packed with compelling archive footage, this never quite gets into Joplin's head, heart or soul.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 01/02/2016

The singer emerges from Amy Berg’s documentary as a raw and uncompromising talent, who became ruled by applause and addicted to heroin.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/02/2016

Amy J Berg's portrait of Janis Joplin is moving and well researched – a cautionary tale of a rock star cut down in her prime.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 04/02/2016

An intelligent, insightful and very personal portrait of an artist.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 05/02/2016

Poignant archive footage shows Janis Joplin as both timid and triumphant in this engrossing documentary.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 07/02/2016

Leaves you feeling her loss by celebrating her complicated life in a way that's human and cliche free.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 08/02/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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