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Courtesy of Lifetime: Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpeta portray Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in Lifetime’s biopic ‘Whitney.’

Despite the failure of Lifetime‘s take on Aaliyah’s biopic, critics are giving surprisingly positive reviews of Lifetime’s latest film project Whitney, directed by Angela Bassett.  Yaya DeCosta received rave reviews for her potrayal of the late great pop star Whitney Houston:

Hollywood Reporter: “A luminous Yaya DaCosta embodies Whitney Houston’s talent and tragedy”

IndieWire.com: “Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’ is suprisingly fresh”

Variety “surprisingly compelling… the whole exercise benefits from the radiance of Yaya DeCosta.”

Fort Worth Star Telegram: “Angela Bassett directs ‘loving, but honest’ Whitney Houston biopic”

Whitney airs on Lifetime Saturday, January 17th 8PM/ET. Get a sneak peek below!

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