The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye Reviews

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2013
This edgy documentary manages to tell an affecting love story even as it ventures into the cultish, transgressive world of underground music.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 26, 2012
Very human.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
The film takes the viewer not just into the world of Genesis and Lady Jaye, but somehow, as a true ballad should, into their hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 6, 2012
True love is never having to say goodbye ... because when you look in the mirror, there s/he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 6, 2012
How often do we tell our lovers that we feel at one with them, that we want to emulate their best qualities? Here we see an amazing couple who take that ego-obliterating infatuation to its logical conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
Losier's doc is almost as obsessive as its subjects.
Todd Jorgenson
March 9, 2012
The unconventional romance at the film's core has a genuine poignancy.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
March 8, 2012
Rarely do films offer such intimate insights into the inner workings of a true artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Cabin
March 8, 2012
Few music documentaries bloom with such lovely, rambunctious energy and singular vision as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 8, 2012
Like P-Orridge's music, it feels spontaneous, garish, sometimes ugly, and sometimes simply random. But that may be the most proper way to approach P-Orridge's life: It's an imitative, illustrative portrait rather than simple reporting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 7, 2012
A completely unique portrait of the ultimate nonconformist.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 6, 2012
Losier has made a quietly revolutionary work that treats a pair of people on the fringes with the decency all humans deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
Ballad functions as a dreamlike portrait of her subjects.
Jennifer Merin
March 5, 2012
A compelling character study and a fascinating reflection of contemporary culture, but you must decide for yourself whether their obsession is the love of art or art of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Frosch
January 18, 2012
An engaging, dynamic study of mutual inspiration and unconditional love.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
June 10, 2011
Losier's portrait, like her extraordinary subject, feels like a work-in progress rather than the final word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 25, 2011
Losier's film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 13, 2012
Director Marie Losier's film is informative but it is also more often than not irritating in both content and technique. (A film) more to be endured than enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 5, 2012
"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" assumes a great deal of built-in interest in the title figures I suspect most people will not have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

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