Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...
Marjoe Gortner, today known primarily for his acting roles in B-movies, was at one time a boy faith healer and evangelist. Wildly popular in the American South, he could fill huge tent revival meetings with his promises of eternal salvation and healing. What the people who came to his meetings didn't know, and what this documentary shows, is that he was a fake who was used by others to make money.
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for Marjoe
For many complicated reasons, fundamentalist Christianity in America doesn't look the same today as it did in 1972, when Marjoe won the Academy Award for best documentary.
In 1972, Sarah Kernochan and Howard Smith's Marjoe was enough of an eye-opening sensation to make news of itself and Oscar winners of its creators.
Especially entertaining is this con man's exposing all the tricks of the trade, from how he healed confederates feigning illnesses to the special gestures and vocal cadences designed to hypnotize his gullible followers.
A portrait of interior disconnect between authentic faith and cynical disillusionment.
Audience Reviews for Marjoe
A grown up child faith-healer reveals the schemes and deceptions of his trade.
Inside the brain of a con artist, this documentary is everything that's good about Elmer Gentry with the added benefit of being all true. Marjoe is an unappealing person, but the film is starkly honest and unflinching in its condemnation. The thesis isn't as intelligent about faith as it might be (because after all faith is far more complex than can be shown in a film or garnered in a tent rally), but this is still a valuable and compelling film.
Overall, Marjoe is a fascinating look at the business of conversion.
Discuss Marjoe on our Movie forum!