Portrait of Jason Reviews

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
Top Critic
September 11, 2013

Like any star turn, Holliday's performance rings utterly true. It's that indefinable but unmistakable reality-beyond-reality called art.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
August 15, 2013

This is a film way ahead of its time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Powers
NPR
Top Critic
May 2, 2013

Whether Jason is laughing or crying, he holds you rapt with tales that conceal as much as they reveal.

David Fear
Time Out New York
Top Critic
April 16, 2013

Serves as a sideways time capsule, creating a blurry snapshot of an Afro-camp subculture during the era of Christopher Street bar raids and burn-baby-burn rioting.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Brody
New Yorker
Top Critic
April 15, 2013

A masterwork of grand-scale intimacy ...

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

[Portrait of Jason] says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

Portrait of Jason is a curious and fascinating example of cinema verité, all the ramifications of which cannot be immediately known.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Jason himself certainly provides enough artifice to keep any audience engrossed.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

It's an intense, commanding film, though Clarke's wholesale appropriation of Jason's life and pain for the purposes of art causes a moral queasiness.