The Cockettes

Critics Consensus

The Cockettes provides a colorful, eye-opening view of the counterculture 1960s.



Reviews Counted: 39

liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 675


All Critics | Top Critics
Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.6/5

You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. To read more about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes, please check out our new RT Product Blog here.

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

The Cockettes Photos

Movie Info

A chronicle of the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, The Cockettes (1969-1972). As the psychedelic San Francisco of the '60's began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the '70's, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (women, gay men, and babies) decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and glitter for a series of legendary midnight musicals at the Palace Theater. The Cockettes were founded by "Hibiscus," a member of a commune that was dedicated to distributing free food and to creating free art and theater. The early shows were mostly non-narrative revues, with everybody making their own costumes, and creative spontaneity reigning supreme. But with "Pearls Over Shanghai" the Cockettes produced their first show with all-original script, music and lyrics. Combining grand spectacle with the awkwardness of a high school operetta, The Cockettes thrilled audiences as much with their unpredictability as with their triumphs.


Critic Reviews for The Cockettes

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (14)

  • Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.

    Sep 6, 2002
  • As Weber and Weissman demonstrate with such insight and celebratory verve, the Cockettes weren't as much about gender, sexual preference or political agitprop as they were simply a triumph of the indomitable human will to rebel, connect and create.

    Sep 6, 2002
  • An insightfully cheeky entertainment.

    Aug 21, 2002
  • This expert, heartfelt movie establishes them as being as much a part of swingin' San Francisco as the Grateful Dead or the Beats.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Manages to transcend the sex, drugs and show-tunes plot into something far richer.

    Aug 8, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • It celebrates the group's playful spark of nonconformity, glancing vividly back at what Hibiscus grandly called his 'angels of light.'

    Jul 26, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cockettes

There are no featured reviews for The Cockettes at this time.

The Cockettes Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features