Aug 19, 2010
Settles too easily for an editing formula which alternates talking heads, too cursory performance footage and montages of headlines and photographs.
Aug 6, 2010
More than a dozen of the burlesque performers featured here have died since they were interviewed in 2006, making Zemeckis's slapdash survey definitive by default.
Jul 7, 2010
Too scattershot to present a truly coherent picture of the burlesque experience, docu nevertheless provides a privileged front-row seat to sample several of the form's most memorable practitioners.
Jul 7, 2010
Informative and fannish burlesque doc is shapeless compared to its curvy subjects.
May 7, 2010
Many of the women who speak on camera, a number of whom have since died, were doing so for the first time, and their desire to set the record straight, or at least semistraight, is palpable.
May 6, 2010
At once amusing, raucous and poignant, Leslie Zemeckis' Behind the Burly Q is the most comprehensive documentary on burlesque ever made, smoothly incorporating rare vintage stills, interviews and footage.
Apr 23, 2010
It's great that she immortalized these women, some for the final time. But this is history as nostalgia.
Apr 23, 2010
It all makes for a graciously subdued trip down the burlesque a documentary that audiences will likely be expecting to concentrate more on other parts of the body.
Apr 23, 2010
Though the film is quickly paced, it never establishes a pattern other than that of a memory-spill about the comedy-musical-striptease shows that were big business in the Depression and the war years.
Apr 23, 2010
It is enjoyable -- brassy and loud and thoroughly unapologetic. A lot like its subjects, who managed to get through life with nothing more than a gimmick, a G-string and a smile.
Apr 21, 2010
Treats its subject as a musty artifact under glass by glossing over both its early rough-and-tumble roots and today's neoburlesque resurgence.
Apr 20, 2010
Slightly ramshackle but utterly entertaining.
Apr 20, 2010
The strength of the testimony, particularly that of women like Blaze Starr and Joan Arline, makes Burly Q a minor oral history success.