"Nina" Critics think biopic is a disaster, check out reviews

"Zoe Saldana looks more like an X-Men character than the High Priestess of Soul" - check out what critics are saying.

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 Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in "Nina" biopic

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The controversial biopic of the “High Priestess of Soul” titled "Nina," has received more negative reviews than positive reviews.

The biopic which features Zoe Saldana as the legendary singer/songwriter Nina Simone, was shown at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

The biopic also stars David Oyelowo as Clifton Henderson, Simone’s manager, Mike Epps, Ronald Guttman and Ella Thomas.

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone play

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

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Check out what critics are saying about biopic below;

"A Nina Simone novice seeing this picture would have no idea who this complex, magnificent artist was, or why she mattered." - Time Magazine.

"Nina teaches us an important lesson about waiting for a film to come out before criticizing it. For it is only then that we can know how truly heinous it is." People Magazine.

"The word on this Nina Simone biopic has been so toxic for so long - it was filmed in 2012 but only released now - I was really hoping to find something good in it. No luck." - Rolling Stone.

"Ms. Mort's writing lacks psychological texture, and her direction generates little intensity, or even continuity." - New York Times.

"Coming less than a year after What Happened, Miss Simone? the fiction film Nina may feel even shabbier than it is. And it is shabby, as well as disjointed, superficial and just plain dull, a dislikable rendering of a tumultuous life." - Wall Street Journal.

"Nina" filters the singer's voice - and her life - through tinny-sounding speakers and an out-of-focus lens." - Washington Post.

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"Any solid acting moments from Saldana or David Oyelowo are ruined whenever a blotchy, darkened, clay-ish face pops on screen. Zoe Saldana looks more like an X-Men character than the High Priestess of Soul." - BET.

"While not a disaster for the ages, there's still a lot to Nina that feels like a fib." - Guardian.

"It's not the biographical film this stupendous, if mightily troubled, musical and political figure deserved, especially coming in the immediate wake of Liz Garbus' riveting documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? last year." - The Hollywood Reporter.

"The casting of Zoe Saldana is scarcely the only problematic element of Cynthia Mort's misconceived Nina Simone biopic." - Variety.

"Nina is a by-the-numbers musical biopic riddled with every conceivable cliché about "the tortured artist." - Entertainment Weekly.

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Directed by Cynthia Mort, the biopic is produced by Mark Burton, Ben Latham Jones, Stuart Parr and Barnaby Thompson.

Following the casting announcement in 2012, Saldana was attacked for being 'too light skinned' for the role. Following the debut of trailer yesterday, Saldana sparked outrage from the late singer's family, after she tweeted a Simone quote in response to backlash from fans.

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Watch trailer below.

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