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.
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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
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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 23, 2012
A frustrating if fitfully fascinating documentary about the singer, writer and performance artist known as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 22, 2012
This is a manic, overmedicated, and remembered elegy. It's also private, personal, and obscure, a ballad meant more for its subjects' eyes and ears than ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
Archival performance footage gives the doc historical weight, but P-Orridge often comes across as an attention-seeking diva as he endlessly mugs for whatever camera is around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 8, 2012
Frayed-looking performance film alternates with cuddly home movies and the director's theatrical interventions, but the couple's willingness to bare flesh only heightens the overall feeling of artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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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.
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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.