Becoming

Becoming

Becoming

Netflix documentary offering an intimate look at former first lady Michelle Obama's life in the White House, her hopes for the future, and her continued efforts to connect with others.

2020Rating: PG89 minsUSA
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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

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For every sobering note, Becoming has a dozen uplifting moments.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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It is structured like a rock star documentary, but with a book tour instead of a concert tour. And what is Obama if not a rock star?

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Some would call this picture flattering — not unflattering, anyway — though it strikes me as a believable picture of a person who doesn’t need flattery, either to look good or to feel good about herself.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Without being revelatory, the documentary shows the events that made her, points to the things that inspire her and leaves viewers hanging as to where we're likely to see Michelle Obama next — or if that's even the question we're supposed to ask.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

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There’s no way to experience Becoming apolitically, not now. You don’t have to consider it first-rate documentary filmmaking of any sort to feel something watching it.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is Obama’s own film, so we can’t expect any tough scrutiny. The nearest we get to her losing her cool comes when her elder brother, Craig, starts mocking her outfit, with what looks a high belt – and she doesn’t like it one bit.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

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Is “Becoming” about the book tour? The book itself? Obama’s life? Or what’s next for her? At under 90 minutes, Hallgren’s film doesn’t have the time to truly dig into those deeper questions...

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

For every sobering note, Becoming has a dozen uplifting moments.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It is structured like a rock star documentary, but with a book tour instead of a concert tour. And what is Obama if not a rock star?

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Some would call this picture flattering — not unflattering, anyway — though it strikes me as a believable picture of a person who doesn’t need flattery, either to look good or to feel good about herself.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Without being revelatory, the documentary shows the events that made her, points to the things that inspire her and leaves viewers hanging as to where we're likely to see Michelle Obama next — or if that's even the question we're supposed to ask.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

There’s no way to experience Becoming apolitically, not now. You don’t have to consider it first-rate documentary filmmaking of any sort to feel something watching it.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is Obama’s own film, so we can’t expect any tough scrutiny. The nearest we get to her losing her cool comes when her elder brother, Craig, starts mocking her outfit, with what looks a high belt – and she doesn’t like it one bit.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Is “Becoming” about the book tour? The book itself? Obama’s life? Or what’s next for her? At under 90 minutes, Hallgren’s film doesn’t have the time to truly dig into those deeper questions...

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