• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 16, 2013
  • Season #: 1
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 13 out of 42

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  1. Feb 23, 2013
    Its was really beautiful and amazing documentary from Beyonce, most important Beyonce is REAL artist and human. She's shows what I love the most: behind the scenes, hard work, confessions, perfomances... #beyhive
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    Reality? Really? Can We Just Get This Girl to Nevada Already!
    They Need Another Vegas Act
    Ellington,Waller,Armstrong,Holiday and Etta are Rolling over in their Graves.
    Stop With The sales Pitch Beyonce, you Already made it
  3. Feb 20, 2013
    I really believe this is one of the deepest and most honest portraits of a superstar like Beyoncé. I cried three times during this film and I am not a sap.
  4. Feb 20, 2013
    this is utter trash, the message stop turning young girsl into money grubbing whores,beyonce is garbage, who's real motives are pay my bills, and ppl watch this trash, her husband is a gangsta rapper, so lets have a kid, i mean don't you ppl get it you've been lied 2, these ppl are just rich spoiled ppl, and please beyonce put some clothes on i don't wanna look at your nasty jiggly loose body, please wear clothes, yuck Expand
  5. Feb 20, 2013
    This movie is amazing, it's emotional, quite truthful at the same time. The performances from the film are so incredible, it deserves much more than 5.1 points...
  6. Feb 17, 2013
    This was nothing but a full-on Beyonce infomercial. It really didn't reveal anything about her that we didn't already know. The best part of this "documentary" was the last 5 minutes or so. That's it. It's the same song and dance of many other celebrity docs--"Woe is me. Why was I given this life? My life is not perfect. Even though I'm a celebrity I have feelings like everyone else." Blah blah blah. This was nothing but smoke and mirrors, giving us nothing but the Beyonce that she wants the public to see, not what's actually there. I'm waiting to see a deeper Beyonce. But it does bring up the question: Is there a "deep" Beyonce? Probably not. If we scratch beneath that surface, there's probably nothing but more surface. Sad, really. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2013
    Never saw a doc that made me laugh and cry so much. Enjoyed it immensely and I highly recommend people to watch it even if they're not Beyoncé fans. A must see!
  8. Feb 17, 2013
    Beautifully executed film! Very emotional and raw. The story is very engaging and revealing. I was surprised to see how far she went with this. Left me impressed and connected to her, even though I'm not a fan.
  9. Feb 17, 2013
    This documentary film is one of its kind. It portrays Beyoncé in an unprecedented, genuine and artistic way. A brave move by Beyoncé!
  10. Feb 16, 2013
    The documentary portrays work ethic, perserverance passion...Its a plateau for fallin back in love with the root/core...just wish she wouldve done it sooner. #Beyhive

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Gerrick D. Kennedy
    Feb 15, 2013
    Ultimately, Life Is but a Dream remains a victory for her fans. Casual viewers will most likely glean the same sense of the superstar's life as one might from a magazine feature. But for serious fans of the fiercely private superstar, this remains a window into her life.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 15, 2013
    It’s an oddly unnecessary piece of work, a vanity production from top to bottom with very little that feels genuinely candid.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 15, 2013
    Life Is But A Dream is a vanity project that could have been a helluva film--if she had given up control and let the story tell itself.