Poster for The United States vs. Billie Holiday

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

2021, drama, history, music

131 minutes

Billie Holiday spent much of her career being adored by fans. In the 1940's, the government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial ballad, "Strange Fruit."

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United States

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German, English, French, Italian, Chinese

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7.0

2021-04-16

As a biopic, it comes across as jerky and spasmodic. It has moments of genius, particularly in some of the musical performances. But there are also spells where it fails to fully engage. Read more

5.0

2021-03-05

Despite the positive performance from R&B singer Andra Day in her first major role, the film tells Holiday’s story with the wrong notes. It’s disappointing when we think how fluid, resonant and evocative this biopic could have been if appropriately and honestly built. Read more

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