Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)
Critic Consensus: Author: The JT LeRoy Story serves as a worthy primer on its fascinating subject as well as an insightful look at the ever-evolving nature of modern celebrity.
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While Feuerzeig makes good visual and narrative use of the world's adulation and outrage over LeRoy and his eventual outing, all those fireworks are exploded solely to illuminate [the real subject, Laura] Albert.
Feuerzeig's flashy narrative antics reduce a serious and substantial story to mere snippets of information.
This documentary is well crafted but suffers from a deeply unsympathetic protagonist.
Sharply filmed, "Author" explores the appeal of even the most contrived myths, reminding us that even when Pinocchio hides his lengthening nose, he's telling lies.
Audience Reviews for Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Laura Albert never seems like the type of person capable of such a far reaching deception, especially since none of what she did was malicious or some Andy Kaufman-esque prank. A unspoken thesis in the documentary seems to be that narrative, not truth, is what moves the public. So many people wanted JT LeRoy to be real that they ignored their better judgement.
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