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      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

      TV-MA 2017 1 hr. 33 min. Drama Biography TRAILER for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Trailer 1 List
      69% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 54% 250+ Ratings Audience Score In 1951, cancerous cells from Henrietta Lacks lead to breakthroughs that change the face of medicine forever. Aided by writer Rebecca Skloot, Deborah Lacks embarks on a quest to learn about the mother she never knew. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 12 Buy Now

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      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a fairly standard biopic, but it's distinguished by a great leading performance from Oprah Winfrey,

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      Magnarider67 M Maybe I'm missing something because I didn't read the book, but it seems like this movie would have been far more accurately named "Oprah Winfrey Tries to Win an Oscar." It focuses far less on the ill-fated title character than it does on Oprah chewing the scenery playing Lacks' mentally unstable daughter while Rose Byrne stands helplessly by. What might have been a fascinating examination of a conflict between science and ethics winds up being yet another version of Oprah's monthly magazine with her own picture on the cover. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review Sal D A fascinating true story turned into bland made for cable TV style film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review Audience Member I enjoyed this one based on a true story of an incredible woman who has affected so many lives positively through science over the years without us realizing it. It was also a grim look at the reality of the early science experiments conducted by big organizations without the approval or legal rights of the people or families involved Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked the movie. I read the book in college so to see the movie brought to life was nice. The movie was told very well. So sad to see the daughter died 9m before the book released. That was heartbreaking to read. Good movie overall and would recommend it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I did not think Oprah was good in this. So much extra was added for dramatic effect that was unnecessary and took away from the amazing story. The book was much better. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie had me blown away and constantly on the edge of my seat. The flashbacks were awesome and gave me a great idea of who Henrietta Lacks. So much suspense in one movie but had a mixture of comedic relief. I was surprised to learn the fact that patient consent is not required for research treatment on human tissues if the identity of the patient is removed. This movie made me feel the emotions and the hurt of what Deborah and her other family members felt. I really enjoyed watching this movie and it has actually taught me a lot. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Soraya Nadia McDonald Andscape 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. Sep 26, 2017 Full Review Michael Hogan Daily Telegraph (UK) As a portrait of unlikely female friendship and impassioned campaigning it did justice to little-known heroine Lacks. Rated: 3/5 Jun 13, 2017 Full Review Lucy Mangan Guardian 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. Jun 13, 2017 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation Quite moving, beautifully-acted and as cinematic as any feature film HBO has ever made...poignant and pointed in its subtexts. Rated: 4/4 Aug 2, 2023 Full Review 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. Sep 10, 2019 Full Review Allison Rose FlickDirect The stand out is Winfrey herself as the emotionally, mentally and physically ill Deborah. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1951, cancerous cells from Henrietta Lacks lead to breakthroughs that change the face of medicine forever. Aided by writer Rebecca Skloot, Deborah Lacks embarks on a quest to learn about the mother she never knew.
      Director
      George C. Wolfe
      Executive Producer
      Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Oprah Winfrey, Carla Gardini, Lydia Dean Pilcher
      Screenwriter
      Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, George C. Wolfe
      Production Co
      Cine Mosaic
      Rating
      TV-MA
      Genre
      Drama, Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 21, 2017
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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