TV Review: ‘The Brittany Murphy Story’
"As bad as career opportunities got for late actress Brittany Murphy, at least she never had to make something like “The Brittany Murphy Story” — a bottom-feeding slice of tacky TV movie exploitation that transforms a true Hollywood tragedy into tedious trash. A misleading ad campaign stirred buzz that this Lifetime premiere might milk the mysterious circumstances of Murphy’s untimely passing for armchair murder mystery, but there’s nothing quite so salacious at work in the final product. Instead, the telepic’s more pedestrian offenses include embarrassing scripting, awkward performances and threadbare production values. Fortunately, unlike Murphy, it should be quickly forgotten."
"The Brittany Murphy Story, a movie so underwhelming it makes last year’s Anna Nicole Smith biopic seem like a masterpiece.
The movie’s trailer, which flashes words like “targeted,” “paranoid,” and “afraid for her life,” pegged the biopic as a murder mystery... The first seconds of the movie also implies that she could have been a casualty of Hollywood exploitation. (“You killed her,” Murphy’s husband shouts to salacious paparazzi in the film’s opening sequence — an unintentionally ironic moment considering that Murphy’s actual father accuses the biopic, itself, of being “hideous, unauthorized and completely untrue”).
But the movie isn’t a murder mystery... And the movie isn’t a tribute either. Lead actress Amanda Fuller, who didn’t resemble Murphy or even a real person considering the wigs she was wearing, says she was given two days to prepare for the role, mostly comprised of mugging."
Watch the clips of this travesty and affront to nature below."
10 Most Hot-Mess Moments in Lifetime's 'The Brittany Murphy Story'
"Because five years after a tragic, sordid death is an excellent time to capitalize on said death, Lifetime just had to go for it. The unauthorized made-for-TV biopic The Brittany Murphy Story promised to be both tasteless and offensive, and boy, does it deliver — adding boring and meandering to its list of epithets.
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Why Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy Movie Is a Disgrace To Her Legacy
The Brittany Murphy Story is bad, and that’s an understatement. The film is plagued by poor acting (yes, even for Lifetime), choppy time jumps, and tonal inconsistencies...
The acting is dreadful... Someone needed to tell Fuller this was a Brittany Murphy biopic, not Murphy told through the lens of her Clueless character Tai Frasier... Murphy was a talented actress who deserved much more than what this film did for her... The Brittany Murphy Story does not tell Brittany Murphy’s story; it doesn’t even scratch the surface. True life exploration is replaced with shoddy camp fare that makes Murphy more of a caricature than a human being. And that’s perhaps the biggest tragedy of all."
The Washington Post
Five moments that tell you more about Brittany Murphy than Lifetime’s debacle
"Lifetime’s “The Brittany Murphy Story” doesn’t think much of Brittany Murphy. The grim, made-for-cable biopic, which premiered on Saturday, depicts the singer-actress as dowdy, insecure, and codependent, ignoring her considerable talent and zeroing in on her mysterious, creepy relationship with Simon Monjack (Eric Petersen), the paparazzo-turned-screenwriter who would eventually become her husband.
Amanda Fuller, the actress tasked with playing Murphy, is handicapped not only by her lack of physical resemblance to Murphy but also by an inability to capture Murphy’s incandescence...
"Even outside of the movie’s actual content, The Brittany Murphy Storyhas been doomed from the start; Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, has plenty to say about the existence of the film and it’s also led to an interview where he suggests that her mother, Sharon Murphy (a pivotal character in the movie), killed their daughter. The casting is horrendous, and the entire movie was shot in 16 days — which definitely shows. I wouldn’t be surprised if the script was also written during that same period...