★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ The Times
★★★★The Irish Times ★★★★ Irish Independent
The indisputable singing and song writing talent the Amy Winehouse possessed seemed to be countered by her propensity to be drawn to self-destruction and tragedy. Asif Kapadia’s heart-wrenching follow up to the acclaimed Senna is a daring and peerless documentary which is brilliant at celebrating Winehouse’s artistry without ever shying away from the darker elements of her life, a bold film that shines an illuminating light on the nature of modern celebrity.
Piecing together some extraordinary archive footage, much of it previously unseen, and garnering interviews with only the people closest to her, Kapadia presents Amy Whinehouse as a highly complicated, fascinating, charismatic, smart and engaged individual, who became blighted by her bad decisions, dangerous addictions and destructive relationships. Winehouse’s songs always had an autobiographical edge, and her music and lyrics are inventively relied upon to tell much of her story here, forming the spine of the film. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)