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Becoming Reviews

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May 14, 2020
The frustrating part of this documentary is it is so safe!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 8, 2020
A missed opportunity. Disappointingly doesn't go deeper or further with its charismatic, inspiring central figure. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 4, 2020
I have no doubt that there is a large and eager audience for this kind of no-warts-at-all look at the family, but to pretend that it is anything other than a commercial is a fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2020
The disjointed nature of the film does have one upside in that it hints at what might become of Obama's life now.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 7, 2020
Guess who made it? Barack and Michelle Obama's production company. It's called, as the book was, Becoming. It turns out the title is a bit ironic.
May 7, 2020
What Becoming lacks in intimacy, it makes up for in emotional outpouring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2020
If you're looking for something to watch to make you feel like the world will get better and that there's hope, watch Becoming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2020
So much of Becoming revolves around the expectations the public still has of her, not only as the first black First Lady but as an Obama in the era of Trump.
July 17, 2020
The movie hits some very familiar beats that are often seen in tour documentaries. There's a 'feel-good home movie' approach to the documentary, as opposed to a 'journalistic exposé' approach. Some people will have a problem with that, while others won't.
May 19, 2020
You feel a connection with Michelle Obama. She reminds us that you don't have to be the loudest one in the room or even the nastiest one to be heard. It's what we need to hear right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2020
So why watch Becoming? For the simple reason that her life story resounds with hope for a better tomorrow, which starts by telling one's story.
May 11, 2020
In spite of its relative shallowness, Becoming is still well worth the watch thanks to its inspiring leading lady, beautiful music, and gripping narrative of the struggles and triumphs of being the first Black woman to serve as first lady.
May 9, 2020
Hallgren pieces together a much more robust picture of Obama, one that honors where she's come from and what she's accomplished while creating a space for what's yet to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2020
A superhero hasn't revealed herself so refreshingly and candidly since Ruth Bader Ginsburg disrobed for RBG.
May 11, 2020
A solidly-made documentary that earns high marks for substance, but very few style points....an interesting picture of how Michelle Obama achievers HER American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2020
This former First Lady doesn't settle any scores here, following her mantra, "When they go low, you go high." The film is well constructed so that you'll understand what it's like to be with a political rock star on a high-powered book tour.
May 5, 2020
Right in time for Mother's Day, Michelle Obama brings her inspirational, best-selling book to Netflix with a message of hope, family, learning to embrace and dare to become the best version of you possible. Love every single minute of this. Right on Time
May 6, 2020
Michelle Obama has a captivating screen presence, whether it's seeing her being interviewed on her book tour, seen in quiet moments, or anything in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2020
At times, it feels like an extended promotional video but there's an eloquence to the way Michelle Obama speaks to her supporters and, if anything, "Becoming" certainly showcases how and why she became a powerhouse on the campaign trail.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 8, 2020
If you loved the Obamas or even if you didn't, Becoming shows Michelle's side of the story and offers up an understanding that many of us might not have had while she was the first lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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