Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (2016)
Another in Lifetime's string of biopics about music's biggest divas, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, pulled a much more positive response than others, likely due to its less touchy topic. The Braxtons reportedly tweeted along to the film's debut, offering their perspective on key events and depictions.
On top of that, Lifetime pulled in killer ratings, which will only add fire to their desire to bust out more biopics about pop's biggest icons.
Anna Nicole (2013)
Anna Nicole Smith's death was, indeed, odd. But in typical Lifetime fashion, the network took Smith's strange death as opportunity to incite yet another conspiracy theory. While Anna Nicole manages to focus on Smith's rise to fame as a sex symbol, it also manages to insist that maybe Smith and her son were poisoned or infected.
Even creepier, throughout the film, Smith appears to herself as an adult version of herself when she is young and vice versa when she is older, both ages continually whispering "Annnnnaaaaa...." It's not clear what warranted such skin crawling symbolism, but it was not appreciated.
Lifetime is no stranger to taking on biopics about "true crime" murderers. But what confused and estranged the media and audiences about Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret was Lifetime's decision to begin production on the film eight months before Arias's trial even started.
Although not completely ruled awful, the Lifetime movie appeared incredibly insensitive in its eager attempt to exploit a real life murder trial, all in real, if not premature, time.
Surprisingly, Whitney was not exactly negatively received by critics. Instead, the Lifetime original was shrouded in major controversy, as Whitney Houston's family and estate consistently pushed back against the Lifetime Movie Network's right to produce the film. Although considered "positive" and "decent" for Lifetime's standards, Whitney always seemed to struggle with opposition from Houston's family members.
The controversy hardly held back its ratings; in fact, it only seemed to boost them.