Tabloid Reviews

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William Goss
Film.com
November 18, 2011
Operates as both an examination of the dominating media mentality at the time and an embodiment of it, no less keen on delving into the juicy details now as tabloid rags were then.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 8, 2011
This is a lighter, less significant work than his 'Standard Operating Procedure' or 'The Fog of War', but it's engrossing and pleasingly slippery with the facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Miami Herald
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2011
Errol Morris is a genius, a gifted documentarian who has made better movies than "Tabloid," but none so entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2011
"Tabloid" is tantalizing, but like yesterday's headlines, it's a fleeting flirtation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 28, 2011
Though the events Tabloid recounts took place in the pre-digital age, the film also functions as a kind of prehistory of modern celebrity culture and tabloid journalism.
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 24, 2011
Morris's subject is sexual fantasy and a particular kind of American stupidity-the ability to substitute self-justification for self-knowledge. His tone is merry.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 22, 2011
It is quite simply one of the craziest stories ever told, made all the crazier by the fact that it's true. Or at least some version of it is true.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 21, 2011
Tabloid, Errol Morris' latest wild and woolly portrait of human self-delusion, is a scandal-sheet dream come to life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 21, 2011
The movie is guilty of condescending toward its subjects, though most of them appear to be having a fabulous time telling tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2011
A tale of obsession and abduction, self-delusion and sexual confusion, Errol Morris' Tabloid stands as an almost giddy affirmation of the old cliche: Truth is stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 20, 2011
The viewer is left with no clear indication of what really happened, but with a vibrant portrait of a compelling character. That's what Morris is after.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 15, 2011
Morris adds to the hilarity with his signature device of superimposing key words onscreen in giant type; the movie is a welcome reminder that he got his start immortalizing American oddballs.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 15, 2011
Morris is clearly fascinated by her mega eccentricities and lets her go on at great length telling her side of the story.
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July 15, 2011
Tabloid spins a heck of a yarn, while implicitly warning viewers not to be so entertained that they believe every gamy detail.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 15, 2011
McKinney, a born performer, is in her glory as she spins her version of the affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 15, 2011
Morris realizes he has a genuine character in McKinney, and gives her the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 15, 2011
For fans of Morris's work, which often grapples with the nature of truth and memory, it's a must-see film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 15, 2011
It's all compelling, in the way reading trashy gossip usually is. But without any new perspectives, what's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 15, 2011
"Tabloid" shows that an oddball lead character and a smirky style do not necessarily add up to a complete movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 14, 2011
Another of Morris' alternately hilarious and disturbing inquiries into the slippery nature of truth.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 14, 2011
Morris is a storyteller of the highest order, and within seconds, he draws us into his subject, doling out details, making us wonder what will happen next and dropping bombs for maximum impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2011
Errol Morris's documentary was made, and scheduled for release, long before the News of the World story broke. The smart part is that the film dissects those excesses deftly with a quasitabloid style of its own.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 14, 2011
The sheer heterogeneity of human experience is one of [Morris'] enduring preoccupations, and he has found, once again, an impossible and perfect embodiment of just how curious our species can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 14, 2011
While it makes for a compelling tale, the only thing that separates this from a segment on Inside Edition is Morris' whiz-bang skill as a documentarian.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 14, 2011
It's a guaranteed good time at the movies, but I can think of at least three other Morris films that have stuck with me longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2011
Morris is such a savvy, irony-tinged master of the essayist documentary form, McKinney's own perspective becomes a tabla rasa for all sorts of sexual, voyeuristic and media desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 14, 2011
Morris' spirited pacing and the jaunty score from John Kusiak help maintain a tone that's part mocking, part suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 14, 2011
As is often the case with Morris, we can never be sure what he thinks, only that he wants to baffle us with the impenetrable strangeness of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 14, 2011
McKinney may well be a madwoman, but Morris connects so deeply to her obsessions that the film's tone never seems exploitative or mocking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 13, 2011
At 88 minutes, Tabloid is short and sweet (it's pure movie candy), but by the end we've forged an emotional connection to Joyce McKinney at the deep core of her unapologetic fearless/nutty valor.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 13, 2011
Sadly, this is a master going through the basest of motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
July 12, 2011
...the canny methods [Errol Morris] uses to get deep inside his subjects are, as usual, utterly riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
Absurd as it sounds, Joyce's conviction is not only convincing but contagious. So, too, is her elastic sense of reality-a 90-minute immersion in her world is enough to make you question your own.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 11, 2011
Tabloid is candy for voyeurs. We laugh like mad at a nut whose only mistake was being born in the last century, too early to have made real money.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
A hilariously bonkers saga... a story whose twists are unthinkable.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 10, 2010
Errol Morris' Tabloid is bonkers in all the best possible ways -- a welcome return to perverse portraiture after a lengthy sojourn in the realm of more serious-minded subjects.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2010
Morris clearly invested so much time and energy in McKinney's story because he saw her as emblematic of our crazed times. Others might wonder whether the sad saga deserves quite this much attention, but there's no denying the film's morbid fascination.