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Paris Is Burning Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 30, 2016
The directness and honesty of moment after moment strike back at peppily 'cheerful' white America's model-world. Blazes forth the importance, for a marginalized community, of adopting a fervid, fiery attitude all its own.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2016
One emerges from this film not only with a new vocabulary and a fresh way of viewing the straight world but with a bracing object lesson in understanding what society "role models" are all about.
Jeremy Heilman
July 10, 2009
Livingston is smart enough to realize that her subjects are best equipped to explain themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
Emanuel Levy
October 6, 2006
This landmark docu celebrates the resourcefulness of a group that's subcultural but not truly countercultural--its denizens long to become members of the society they imitate, operating at its periphery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 10, 2005
The beauty of the film is Livingston's nonjudgmental, accommodating camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A

Empire Magazine
January 4, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1990
Full Review | Original Score: A
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