Author: The JT LeRoy Story Reviews

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June 9, 2020
This story is so trippy it could use some clarity.
March 21, 2019
Author leaves it up to the viewer to decide for themselves whether Albert is a troubled soul or something more nefarious, but either way this is a fascinating character study and a one-of-a-kind documentary.
February 20, 2019
The film looks at the nature of identity on many levels but even so Feuerzeig's unravelling of Albert's story ultimately seems a little overlong.
November 28, 2018
A highly compelling collage of stylish archival footage and recorded phone conversations that flesh out this notorious Catfish-like caper of the literary world.
November 1, 2018
I'm still in shock, and I'm guessing those that befriended JT LeRoy are still, too.
August 22, 2018
Deeper questions about Albert's style and artistic identity are left underexplored, strange considering the film's abrupt title. Maybe there are just too many personalities in disorder for one feature film to handle.
February 14, 2018
It's content to gawk at the mess Albert made of her life and claim it's a profound statement about fame and identity.
November 20, 2017
The film touches on the line between poetic license and deceit, as well as the glittering promise of reinvention and fame.
September 11, 2017
... the film's lack of a critical, considered perspective on the madness, some persuasive idea of [Laura] Albert and her coup, leaves the viewer feeling had.
September 7, 2017
Author: The JT LeRoy Story pulled a real reaction out of me, by means both honest and inauthentic.
August 29, 2017
. . .as happens too often when the director is also the writer, Author: The JT LeRoy Story runs too long, at least by 15 to 25 minutes.
August 21, 2017
The documentary is, among many things, a test of trust and sympathy.
March 29, 2017
Call it a massive literary hoax or twisted identity theft. Or just call it art. Either way, Author: The JT LeRoy Story will fascinate and at the same time cause much frustrated head-scratching.
March 21, 2017
interesting but ultimately inessential
January 27, 2017
Feuerzeig trade access for accountability, allowing Albert ... to produce a storyline that fosters her own self-belief. The ethics are questionable, and the deeper issues, such as literary authenticity and cultural exploitation, are barely acknowledged.
January 3, 2017
Author: The JT LeRoy Story couldn't arrive at a better time.
January 2, 2017
On the whole, it succeeds for the questions it asks, not the ones it cheaply answers.
January 1, 2017
The result is so far-fetchedly entertaining it feels like a fantasist's fevered imaginings. Which, in a way, it is.
December 30, 2016
Author: The JT LeRoy Story is a testament to the magic of art and how it can make a fantasy feel achingly real.
December 13, 2016
Years from now, we might see if Albert's literary output holds up to critical scrutiny. Until then, this fascinating documentary allows us to contemplate the very nature of fiction.
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