Brittany Murphy: Critics Do Not Like Lifetime Biopic

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A lot of people were upset with the Brittany Murphy Story that was made by Lifetime. Brittany's father was extremely upset about the film and criticized everything from the inaccuracies in the story to the cast.

It looks like Brittany's dad isn't the only one who didn't like the biopic, because critics are not taking too kindly to it either. Critics have used the terms 'colossal mess," "atrocious," and "not even remotely entertaining" to describe the movie, and most say that viewers shouldn't even waste their time watching it.

"That truly atrocious interpretation of Alicia Silverstone in 'Clueless' is representative of the care, fineness and budgeting that went into the making of The Brittany Murphy Story, a movie so underwhelming it makes last year's Anna Nicole Smith biopic seem like a masterpiece," Time's Laura Stampler wrote in her review. "The film was shot in 16 days, and it seems like less time was spent writing the script. 'The Brittany Murphy Story' isn't guilty of smearing the actress' memory. Its crime is more insidious: It makes the young, talented actress seem entirely forgettable."

Brittany's father was very angry with the way he and his daughter were portrayed in the film and even said that he plans to release his own biopic that tells the true story of his daughter and her life. He was also upset that the film did not even touch on the fact that he believes Brittany and her husband, who was found dead just a few months later, were poisoned.

Critics also thought the film should have brought up Brittany's father's theory.

"It opens with the press conference following Brittany's mysterious death in 2009. The official cause of death: pneumonia and anemia. Some suspect poison. Her mom Sharon Murphy (Sherilyn Fenn) and husband Simon Monjack (Eric Peterson) put up a united front. There's tabloid speculation about drugs. Both deny that. The movie then avoids delving into any of this," journalist Amy Steele wrote in her review. The controversy surrounding her death needs to be addressed in a movie about her. It's like making and Amy Winehouse film and avoiding her drug use."

Another critic said that he couldn't get past the bad acting and writing to even get into the movie at all.

"The Brittany Murphy Story does not fall into the so-bad-it's-good camp, because it is not even remotely entertaining. It's not ironically good, and it's not worth the energy to hate-watch," Viruet wrote. "It's less of a biopic that celebrates Murphy and more of a cheesy mystery thriller, complete with a dramatic distracting score, dramatic camera filters, and dramatic shots of Murphy taking pills ('Antidepressants?!' her mother cries in pure horror, as though she'd walked in on Murphy shooting heroin into her eyeballs). The less said about the acting, the better."

He advised viewers not to waste their time watching it.