Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Reviews

Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 30, 2007
Mary Jordan's documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis is part unsparing explication of a life story, part love-stuck personification of Smith's working philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2007
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
April 14, 2007
If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
April 14, 2007
Jordan's film is a glorious visual achievement in its own right, as well as part of the rancorous ongoing dispute over Smith's legacy.
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 13, 2007
This invaluable record contains a treasure trove of clips from Smith's hard-to-see and still striking films, plus comments that were culled from hours of interviews with this flamboyant pioneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
April 12, 2007
There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 11, 2007
An intriguing, and profoundly frustrating, view of the New York underground hero.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 2007
The intoxicating documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, directed by Mary Jordan, is a love poem to the New York City of the '50s and '60s, when Smith, the visionary of camp, more or less invented performance art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
April 11, 2007
It's gratifying when an influential underground artist is profiled in an accessible documentary. For that reason alone, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis is worth seeing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 10, 2007
In some ways Smith's art became commodified only after he died and his estranged sister gained control over his work, though that did lead to this documentary, a fascinating introduction to his special world.
Top Critic
Jay Weissberg
Variety
April 10, 2007
Helmer Mary Jordan does an extraordinary job sorting through extensive material and gathering a who's who of collaborators and disciples, offering an insightful and incisive portrait of a self-destructive paranoid artist.
Top Critic
Ed Halter
Village Voice
April 10, 2007
Smith's own work, here montaged for easy digestion, is already too rich and sumptuous to require any further frosting.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 9, 2007
In Jordan's documentary you see the roots of camp as distinctly melancholy and yearning, a world of the spirit that can never be made flesh.