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Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Entertaining docu fine for most teen fans; some language.

Movie NR 2013 88 minutes
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Beyonce fans will definitely be drawn to this, but those who know little about her or her work may also be pleasantly surprised by what they see here. Like most celebrity-focused documentaries of this kind, Life Is But a Dream offers a chance to see a little of what Beyonce's life is like when she's not performing. It showcases the intense work that she puts in to recording music, dance rehearsals, and entertaining audiences. It also underscores how she is constantly challenged by her desire to juggle the demands of the industry with her private needs.

Despite the personal journey that it attempts to document, the actual amount of time it spends showcasing the singer's personal life, including time spent with her her husband, Jay-Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy, is quite limited. Meanwhile, the singer approaches conversations about difficult relationships and other issues with grace and respect.

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