Mr. Bertolotti said, “I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy. Frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it “a true story,” without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family. "The Brittany Murphy Story" is an affront to everything my daughter was in real life. It’s hideous, unauthorized and completely untrue.”
TV Guide agrees in their review, entitled “The Brittany Murphy Story Looks Bad, Even by Lifetime Standards,” calling the unauthorized biopic a “travesty and affront to nature.”
Vulture hits the nail on the head (quite literally) in their review, entitled “The Brittany Murphy Story Looks God-Awful.” Margaret Lyons writes: “There are amateur pornos made at a higher quality. There are Chihuahuas wearing better, more believable wigs. Simply holding a paper cutout of Brittany Murphy's face on a Popsicle stick up to one's face would be more lifelike.”
Mr. Bertolotti adds: “Lifetime’s casting was atrocious. Amanda Fuller, the girl playing Brittany, looks absolutely nothing like her. Everyone looks ridiculous in their bad wigs and the dialogue is nauseating. To suggest that I was never in Brittany’s life since the age of 2 is absolutely despicable. I was always a part of Brittany’s life and supported both her and her mother. Anyone who thinks that Sharon and Brittany could afford to move from New Jersey to California by selling Tupperware should have their heads examined. The media loves to throw “mob ties” into the equation, but that lifestyle is exactly what attracted Sharon in the first place. She worked in one of my clubs, until we got married. From that point on, she was well taken care of, along with Brittany and never had to work another day in her life.”
Brittany Murphy and her father Angelo Bertolotti
In fact, it is strange (to say the least) for the self-billed “true story” not to conduct any research. It’s unclear how the production company was able to obtain Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance for "The Brittany Murphy Story." Even basic research would corroborate that Brittany Murphy’s father was very much present throughout her life.
Brittany Murphy and her father Angelo Bertolotti
As a possessive mother, Sharon Murphy unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Brittany from forming friendships or maintaining a relationship with her Dad. In spite of this interference, Mr. Bertolotti and his daughter remained very close.
Brittany Murphy's amended death certificate
After Brittany’s death, Sharon Murphy lashed out by claiming that Brittany’s father was dead. She falsified her daughter’s death certificate, by alleging that Brittany’s father was “Unknown.” Mr. Bertolotti had to go to court to get the death certificate appropriately amended.
Annette Walter in talks to play the part of Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy’s father added: “To make a film about Brittany’s life and death, while her true cause of death is pending re-investigation, is in extremely poor taste. It’s completely inappropriate. I’ve been working on the feature film about Brittany’s life with Fleur De Lis Film Studios, but it will be released only after there is justice for Brittany. We’ve been in talks with a beautiful young actress, Annette Walter, to play the part of Britt. Instead of a classy film that would happen at an appropriate point in time, Lifetime came out with this ridiculous unauthorized TV movie. They turned my child’s life and death into a sick, cheaply thrown together spectacle. A real life tragedy will be viewed as a joke, bad wigs and all.”
Amanda Fuller reacted to the scathing reviews of "The Brittany Murphy Story" in her interview with Sean Daly of The TV Page. She attempted to justify poor production value and inadequate performances with the 2-day preproduction and a 16-day filming schedule, on a shoestring budget.
Amanda Fuller said: “I had two days to prepare,” then inexplicably claimed that her opinions about Brittany Murphy’s relationship with her father were based on “extensive research.” In spite of her intense 2-day immersion, Ms. Fuller is oblivious to the fact that two independent laboratories have found the unusually high levels of poisons and toxins in Brittany’s blood. Prominent pathologist Cyril Wecht said that murder cannot be excluded and the presence of these substances cannot be explained away. An investigation of Brittany Murphy’s and Simon Monjack’s untimely deaths is ongoing.
Sean Daly of The TV Page went so far as to label Brittany Murphy’s father a “cyber bully,” for Tweeting that Amanda Fuller’s portrayal of his daughter was a disgrace.
Mr. Bertolotti elaborated: “I couldn’t believe that Lifetime would cast an actress who played unsavory parts involving frontal nudity and simulated sex scenes, to portray my Brittany. This casting is grotesque! I see Amanda Fuller constantly bugging out her eyes and pouting, thinking that makes her look like Britt. The whole thing is a disgrace. It takes a lot more than a bad wig and grimacing to look like my beautiful daughter. She was talented and sweet, not paranoid or drug-addicted, like Lifetime would lead you to believe. There’s no truth in Lifetime’s TV movie, but it will be told someday and the story does not end here.”