This probing and impactful documentary of America’s long-time television sweetheart is a study of stardom, feminism, and insecurity. Director James Adolphus tracks Moore’s career from the earliest days and offers plenty of insight from colleagues, friends, and Moore herself to help us discover what made her tick, as she grew to be one of pop culture’s most vibrant trendsetters. It’s a side of the star few have seen before, and the documentary presents it all not as a love letter but as an honest and open look at the life and turbulent times that shaped the beloved comedienne.

4/5 stars