Big Joy Reviews

July 14, 2015
A flavorful and affectionate documentary about a narcissist.
June 28, 2014
As spritely put together as its subject -- another winning aspect of this charming look at the life of a free spirit whose life and work are an important part of queer history.
June 17, 2014
His life was larger than fiction.
May 20, 2014
Even those who have no familiarity with Broughton should still find the movie fascinating. Broughton was a lover of life and embraced all means of expressing it.
May 14, 2014
It's a worthy introduction to how much ecstasy Broughton packed into his eighty-five years.
March 21, 2014
Best when offering immensely pleasurable readings of the poet's verses. But the fawning male-centric focus is too conveniently dismissive about his discarded women and offspring. Including eminent critic Pauline Kael, reduced to a cameo irritant here.
March 21, 2014
Completely engrossing, rich and humane documentary about the life of a too-little known pioneer in life and art.
March 18, 2014
Even at its most on-the-nose, Big Joy serves the greater good of introducing viewers to its subject, whose voice rings clear throughout.
October 31, 2013
"Big Joy," filmed with an irresistibly playful spirit, dances with words, film clips and images from a long and, it seems, mostly joyous life.
April 24, 2013
A film that not only makes the case of its subject's talent but, even more importantly, is itself an expression of joy that James Broughton would love.
March 10, 2013
...directors Stephen Silha and Eric Slade celebrate Broughton's life and work, and in particular his embrace of sexuality