Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

Critics Consensus

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis aims an illuminating -- and long overdue -- spotlight on a talented artist and admirable public figure.

85%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 20

86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2,425
User image

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Photos

Movie Info

Underground filmmaker, photographer, actor, performance artist, Lower East Side fixture, homosexual, and anticapitalist Jack Smith was a central figure of New York underground culture from the 1960s until his death in 1989. This portrait of Jack Smith is replete with an assemblage of photographs, film clips, and audio recordings of Smith's own voice, while resurrecting the seminal importance of Smith to the entire development of the 1960s New York underground scene.

Cast

News & Interviews for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

Critic Reviews for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

  • Mary Jordan's documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis is part unsparing explication of a life story, part love-stuck personification of Smith's working philosophy.

    Nov 30, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Jordan's film is a glorious visual achievement in its own right, as well as part of the rancorous ongoing dispute over Smith's legacy.

    Apr 14, 2007 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.

    Apr 14, 2007 | Rating: B+

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • This invaluable record contains a treasure trove of clips from Smith's hard-to-see and still striking films, plus comments that were culled from hours of interviews with this flamboyant pioneer.

    Apr 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • There is invaluable material here, but also a lack of context for the wonderfully outre footage.

    Apr 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • An intriguing, and profoundly frustrating, view of the New York underground hero.

    Apr 11, 2007

Audience Reviews for Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

  • Dec 21, 2008
    Interesting doc on experimental filmmaker Jack Smith. It does make me want to see some of his work... but I don't think I'd have him over for Xmas dinner though.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features