The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. Told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks' daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her… More

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Soraya Nadia McDonald
The Undefeated

Imagine having to endure the emotional labor of seeing your own story told, without the comfort of knowing that you control it or enjoying compensation for it either. Henrietta Lacks raises questions about ethics, both artistic and biomedical.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

Henrietta Lacks achieved a kind of immortality after her death. But Skloot's book and, now, this gripping film adaptation will ensure that the world knows who she was.

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Hannah Giorgis
The Ringer

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks stop short of directly indicting specific parties on the family's behalf. The resulting film is moving and accessible, but it offers no absolution.

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Michael Hogan
Daily Telegraph (UK)

As a portrait of unlikely female friendship and impassioned campaigning it did justice to little-known heroine Lacks.

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Lenika Cruz
The Atlantic

Winfrey's humane and riveting performance may make this adaptation worth a watch.

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Allison Rose

The stand out is Winfrey herself as the emotionally, mentally and physically ill Deborah.

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Lucy Mangan

If the film pushes Henrietta to the edges, it is at least to make room for a performance from Winfrey that tells us all there is to know about the damage that loss, lies and injustice can do to a child, to an adult, to a family and to a society.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good movie with a great performance.

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Keith Reid-Cleveland
Black Nerd Problems

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will resonate with audiences as a story of major loss and finding something worthwhile to hold onto despite it.

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