Miss Americana




Documentary Feature
2020, 86 minutes




A raw and emotionally revealing look at Taylor Swift, one of the most iconic artists of our time, during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

Opening Night Film, 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Top Five Documentaries of the Year, National Board of Review


CRITIC'S PICK. enormously winsome documentary about Swift's long path to self-acceptance. The power of Miss Americana is in watching someone who stands astride the world gradually realize that her art is the only thing that she can control.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
CRITIC'S PICK. 85 minutes of translucence with Taylor Swift. There's more in it - and more to it - than you usually get with these pop superstar portraits. Wilson has captured Swift at a convincing turning point, ready, perhaps, to say a lot more.
Wesley Morris, The New York Times
Excellent. A compelling and thoughtful portrait of an artist reckoning with what she’s capable of, and, more interestingly, what the culture will accept from her.
Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker
A deep dive into a pop star's life and a probing look at what it's like to be a woman.
Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone
★★★★. Intimate and open...whether or not you're a fan of Swift at the start, you're likely to be by the end.
Amber Wilkinson, The Times (UK)
★★★★. As insightful a pop artist documentary as you could hope for. The access Miss Americana offers feels unprecedented.
Roisin O'Connor, The Independent
An illuminating, empowering portrait of Taylor Swift at a turning point in her career, a meditation on the loneliness of fame, and a study on why women - even very famous women - aren’t treated the same as men.
Ramin Setoodeh, Variety Magazine
A-. Smart and funny and intimate and feels like the kind of insight you actually want into a superstar.
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
A sweet, funny, emotional crowd-pleaser.
Chris Evangelista, Slash Film
★★★★. Remarkable. Miss Americana is about Swift breaking free of that 16-year-old 'good girl' she was and becoming the multidimensional 30-year-old woman she is today.
Max Weiss, Baltimore Magazine
A fascinating look at the ridiculous double standards and extreme pressures put upon young women who grow up in the spotlight.
Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies
Stirring. Swift’s desire to be liked colliding with people not liking her is the ultimate celebrity problem, but the doc is smart about injecting it with social meaning by making the case that it stems from gender.
Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic
Fascinating and inspiring. An insightful analysis of the just-turned-30 global phenom and a tribute to those qualities that make her worth following.
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail
Refreshing...uses Taylor Swift's story as a way to cast a wider look at the complexities of female celebrity.
Matt Goldberg, Collider
Entrancing...intimate and specific. Watching Swift peck out lyrics on a phone and then deliver them seconds later is like seeing Michael Jordan effortlessly sink three-pointers at practice.
Josh Modell, AV Club
Endearing and surprisingly unflinching…Miss Americana traces the pop star’s highs and lows to understand where she’s arrived as an artist.
Ashlie D. Stevens, Salon
A sparkling deconstruction of pop stardom.
Kristin Lopez, Fansided
★★★★. A spirited, earnest portrait of a self-aware and staggeringly influential artist.
Ella Kemp, NME
Shines a bright light on the music star that's a perfect celebration for fans - and may well generate more than a few new ones.
Jason Gorber, That Shelf
Deeply and surprisingly personal. With humor and heartbreak, Miss Americana takes what could have been just another pop star documentary and elevates it to a level rarely achieved by the genre.
Samantha Della Fara, The Michigan Daily
Director Lana Wilson and her team captured moments that felt personal, vulnerable, and deeply authentic, and they did so with a skill and artistry that Instagram Live stories just can't match.
Anna Menta, Decider
Miss Americana is truly iconic. Beautiful... lets us experience the journey that one of the biggest artists in the world has lived.
Enrique Caro, Odyssey
Explosive and empowering.
Nate Adams, The Only Critic
Grade: A. A surprisingly relatable feminist story about a woman constantly combatting systemic misogyny.
Courteney Larocca, Insider
The most exceptional film of 2020. Exquisite...a transcendent experience.
Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest
The most intimate look at her inner world that the singer/songwriter has granted any journalist to date.
Caitlin White, Uproxx
Provocative and inspiring, Miss Americana provides intimate insight into the life of the world-renowned pop star, and a thought-provoking exploration of the dark side of fame.
Stephanie Hawkyard, Red Brick Paper
Fascinating…personal and relatable.
Patrick Holman, Salt Lake Film Review
Excellent. Where the film really proves that Swift actually could be just like us is in her internal ethical struggles—and her innate desire to be liked by other people. These conflicts are on a much grander scale than yours or mine. Swift’s drive for approval isn’t just a desire—it’s her livelihood.
Ellen Johnson, Paste
Miss Americana will make you laugh, cry, scream, and sing along. It's about Swift's transition from a girl into a woman — from someone who kept quiet to someone who speaks up for what she believes in.
Shivani Dubey, Affinity
★★★★★. A backstage look at a grown-up Swift. Chronicles Swift’s rocky path to and through fame in a way that ends with a message of hope.
Ryann Sheehy, The Breeze
A coming-of-age story about growing up in public.
Sean Burns, WBUR
A deconstruction of the myth of Taylor Swift.
Michelle Jaworski, The Daily Dot
Miss Americana is not just a summary of Taylor Swift's journey as a musician and a woman, but a film that inspires every woman to fight for their rights, to stop apologizing for existing, and to champion themselves.
Amanda Sink, The Hollywood Outsider