Mariah impresses critics in recent reviews of her latest film Tennessee
"Tennessee is a good old-fashioned road movie, where travelling along an actual highway is a metaphor for making progress along your personal journey of life."
"-Mariah is the best thing in it. Her understated, downbeat performance is so natural..."
Mark Savage/BBC UK
â€œThis a natural, effortless performance, nothing grand or showy. She makes her effects quietly. It is completely believable. And not until she sings, in a ratty bar, toward the end of the movie, are you reminded â€“ and with a jolt â€“ that this actress is indeed the famous, sexy and glamorous Mariah Carey. Thatâ€™s how well she inhabits her roleâ€¦This is a character study, modest, yet totally assured.â€
Liz Smith/(portions in DAILY VARIETY/VARIETY online
â€œThis is what you should know: Carey is very good in the role of Krystal.â€
â€œThose expecting Tennessee to be a Mariah Carey vanity vehicle are in for a letdown. What is most impressive about the film is Careyâ€™s brave, understated, deglamorised performance as an ensemble player rather than star. â€œ
â€œThe performances are whatâ€™s most notable about the movieâ€¦and, if anyone was worried that Carey was going to overwhelm the picture with her star power, there was no need to worry; she properly eschews her glam persona to play Krystalâ€¦â€
â€œSo the first surprise of â€œTennesseeâ€ is that Carey gives an understated and very effective performance.â€
Stephen Farber/HOLLYWOOD REPORTER