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The Cockettes Reviews

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Christopher Null
June 23, 2002
Vaguely interesting, but it's just too too much.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
June 28, 2002
Indulgent, tedious documentary.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
July 26, 2002
An occasionally interesting but mostly repetitive look at a slice of counterculture that might be best forgotten.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
July 9, 2002
This is simply the most fun you'll ever have with a documentary!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 10, 2002
Not a film for the faint of heart or conservative of spirit, but for the rest of us -- especially San Francisco lovers -- it's a spirited film and a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 28, 2002
Not so much a gushing tribute to a troupe of only rudimentary and frankly dubious talent as it is a celebration of a now-distant time remembered only through the bracing movies and music that it produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 23, 2002
"The Cockettes" is the microcosm of a culture entertainingly tied up in a ninety minute package.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 1, 2002
...a bit of offbeat nostalgia and a well-rounded glimpse into counterculture Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 25, 2002
Fond, funny documentary.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 27, 2002
It turns out there is quite a lot that the endlessly recycled and diluted images of the storied counterculture have obscured about some of the most interesting and vital parts of the culture itself, which the filmmakers have brought triumphantly to life.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 6, 2002
Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.
Shawn Levy
June 28, 2002
A wild, endearing, masterful documentary.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Much has been written about those years when the psychedelic '60s grooved over into the gay '70s, but words don't really do the era justice. You have to see it.
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
May 12, 2002
A succinct, intelligent and scintillating slice of cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2002
A sweet-natured reconsideration of one of San Francisco's most vital, if least widely recognized, creative fountainheads.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rod Armstrong
June 15, 2002
An edifying glimpse into the wit and revolutionary spirit of these performers and their era.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 3, 2002
Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber benefit enormously from the Cockettes' camera craziness -- not only did they film performances, but they did the same at home.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2002
A funny, triumphant, and moving documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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