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The documentary depicts the life of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson, who helps her rediscover her love for music.
Respectfully factual in its over-all contours but sensational and sentimental nonetheless, the movie reduces Simone's life to clichés about hope; it replaces the creative drive with the commercial one, the artist with the celebrity.
While Saldana gives her very best in trying to embody the essence of Miss Simone with equal support from co-star David Oyelowo, both are confined to a weak script and for Saldana, probably the worst makeup job she's had on the big screen.