I admit that I've never heard of Mary J. Blige nor have I heard any of her songs before watching this documentary. That being said, I wanted to give this doc a try. After all, I didn't know who J. Balvin was either when I watched "The Boy from Medellin." But at least with THAT documentary, I got a sense of who he is and what drives him to success. I didn't get the same clear picture in "My Life," nor was I emotionally moved by Blige's story. Instead, the film paints her biography with too broad of strokes that made it impossible for me to distinguish her from other well-known music artists -- like Tina Turner or Whitney Houston. She talks of pain but rarely goes any deeper than her saying that she was in a "dark place" and that she didn't always believe in herself. The film is also repetitive with everyone saying that she wrote and sang from her inner pain and that her music inspired people to not give up on life. But these hooks without more substance make for a boring film and, quite frankly, it makes her come across as generic. What star hasn't had similar problems? It seems as though a lot of potentially inspiring details are either left out, glossed over...or the filmmakers assume that the audience already knows everything. And what little bombshells (if you can call them that), that are mentioned, are brief and quickly dropped without expanding on them. Blige seems like a nice person and she is unquestionably talented. I also liked the interviews of other folks and the animation is a nice touch. That being said, I would have liked to have known more about how her music was produced and how she (and her music) was packaged and marketed. I would have loved to have heard a few embarrassing/humorous stories that highlighted the early years of her stardom or career setbacks (if any). How much booze and drugs did she take? And for how long? Was she a diva when she was younger? How so? Examples? What other relationships did she have other than the one discussed in the film? I'd love to know how she handles her business career. Does she have a manager? Agent? Product line? What awards has she won and what were her Grammy wins for? Has she done any acting? Dancing lessons? How exactly did she get her facial scar? At what age? What is a day in the life of Mary J. Blige really like? There is SO MUCH left out of this documentary that I can't recommend it to those who don't know much about her. I'm sure that if you love her, it won't matter. But this movie feels like it should be a DVD that comes with a boxset of her music rather than a chance to really get to know her.