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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

HD   NR Closed Captioning

George C Wolfe

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About the Movie

Oprah Winfrey stars in the true story of a woman's search for enlightenment about her mother--whose 'immortal' cells would save millions of lives. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, known as HeLa. Told through the eyes of Lack's daughter Deborah (Winfrey) and journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), the film chronicles Deborah's search to learn about the mother she never knew, and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs. Co-starring Renee Elise Goldsberry, Reg E. Cathey, Courtney B. Vance, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Leslie Uggams and Reed Birney. Directed by George C. Wolfe; screenplay by George C. Wolfe and Alexander Woo; based on the book by Rebecca Skloot.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: So watch the film for a well acted CliffsNotes version of the book - intriguing and thought provoking, but also frustrating. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Apr 20, 2017

Fresh: It's worth seeing in order to witness Oprah Winfrey give one of the best performances of her career. – Maureen Ryan, Variety, Apr 18, 2017

Rotten: The intentions are good, but the problems are legion. – Keith Uhlich, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 17, 2017

Fresh: It has deeply affecting moments, but they don't quite knit together into a consistently powerful film. But it does succeed by showcasing Winfrey in one of her best roles yet. – Eric Deggans, NPR, Apr 20, 2017

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Customer Reviews


As always Oprah doesn't disappoint! Great movie and educational at the same time!


Over acted by Oprah, book was better

Yelling and yelling and more yelling

Never made it through this mess

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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