Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
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Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
Chely Wright: Wish Me Away is the story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as gay. Over three years, the filmmakers were given extraordinary access to Chely's struggle and her unfolding plan to come out publicly. Using interviews with Chely, her family, her pastor, and key players in Nashville interwoven with Chely's intimate private video diaries, the film goes deep into her back story as an established country music star and then forward as she steps into the national spotlight to reveal her secret. Chronicling the aftermath in her hometown of Nashville and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much like the image of Wright presented by the movie itself, "Wish Me Away" is graceful, sincere and heartfelt."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The unshakable support of her religious sister, the raw and heartfelt stories of her childhood: These are the moments most likely to provide the inspiration she hopes to share."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"'Wish Me Away' is not just another doc on coming out; it's a unique story from a brave woman whose truth was more important than fame and glamour."
‑ Clay Cane,
"A deeply affecting documentary that chronicles the coming out of Nashville singer Chely Wright, and the anguishing criticism she faces from conservative country and western fans."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"The inspiring story of Chely Wright, the first major country singer to come out as gay."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"While it's fascinating to observe the workings of the mammoth apparatus grafted onto an intensely personal decision, the movie's heart is the moments that take place in private."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Worthy if at times heavy-handed doc about the first country-music star to publicly say, "I'm gay.""
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"By honestly telling her story country western star Chely Wright has made a powerful, unforgettable coming out story stripped of melodrama yet unexpectedly heartbreaking."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"By the end you may not be a fan of her music, but it's hard not to root for her rebirth."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"What it lacks in artfulness, Wish Me Away makes up for in emotive force."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"Ultimately too concerned with courting the singer's fans to deliver anything more than a theatrical release of a very special episode of VH1's Behind the Music."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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