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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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

Empire Magazine
January 4, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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