The Cockettes Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 28, 2002
This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Much has been written about those years when the psychedelic '60s grooved over into the gay '70s, but words don't really do the era justice. You have to see it.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 4, 2002
One fantastic (and educational) documentary.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 6, 2002
Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 6, 2002
As Weber and Weissman demonstrate with such insight and celebratory verve, the Cockettes weren't as much about gender, sexual preference or political agitprop as they were simply a triumph of the indomitable human will to rebel, connect and create.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 23, 2002
Gaudily filmed, tenderly imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
An insightfully cheeky entertainment.
Top Critic
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 9, 2002
This expert, heartfelt movie establishes them as being as much a part of swingin' San Francisco as the Grateful Dead or the Beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Loren King
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2002
Manages to transcend the sex, drugs and show-tunes plot into something far richer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
August 2, 2002
It's a warm, vibrant visit with a flock of freaky creative people and proves that being a total weirdo is a very good thing indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Misha Berson
Seattle Times
July 26, 2002
It celebrates the group's playful spark of nonconformity, glancing vividly back at what Hibiscus grandly called his 'angels of light.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2002
An irresistible documentary look at the ensemble of the moment in the hippie kingdom of San Francisco, this comprehensive and charming film not only recalls those days exactly, it also manages the wonderful trick of taking us back there along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 25, 2002
A fascinating poke into the soul of the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Ehrenstein
New Times
July 25, 2002
In addition to lively interviews with surviving Cockettes features a dizzying array of vintage footage of the troupe in action.
Top Critic
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
July 25, 2002
The real value of the film ... lies in its retrieval of a hugely influential -- even revolutionary -- arts collective from the cultural dustbin where anything that didn't happen yesterday, or on MTV, is casually remaindered.
Justin Hartung
Citysearch
July 24, 2002
A fascinating case study of flower-power liberation -- and the price that was paid for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 23, 2002
A totally delightful hoot.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 12, 2002
Colorful, informative documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 28, 2002
Susan M. E. Glen
PopMatters
September 27, 2002

Boston Phoenix
July 9, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2002
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