Performance Reviews

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November 26, 2018
Critics hated it, and Warner Bros. barely saw fit to release it, but Performance has endured as a cult favorite. It's also arguably the greatest-ever big-screen showcase for Jagger...
November 25, 2018
... this collision of London gangster machismo and drug culture, where "Nothing is true; everything is permitted," is unmistakably a product of the sixties.
July 23, 2015
With a pleasurably peculiar cast of James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Performance is one of the weirdest slices of Seventies London around, combining gangster violence and ritual humiliation with decaying rock-star glamour.
April 7, 2014
For all its hallucinatory excesses, however, Performance is a film of ideas, even if it's happier to let them swirl around than attempt to explain them.
March 25, 2013
Pop stars continue to have bad luck in films.
March 25, 2013
This hallucinogenic deconstruction of identity writhes with sex, substances, ultraviolence and good ol' rock'n'roll.
March 25, 2013
Visually dazzling, finely acted investigation into such diverse matters as identity, sexuality, violence, power, and underground culture in late 1960s London.
March 25, 2013
The movie is a facile enough pastiche of underground pyrotechnics and Euro-art pretensions, but far more evocative now is the fast, offhand repartee between the principals.
March 25, 2013
It put Roeg's powerful cinematic style on the cultural map for the first time.
March 25, 2013
Rapture and boredom both seem valid responses.
April 18, 2011
[VIDEO] "Performance" pioneered a slew of modern cinematic techniques adopted by such master filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, and Gaspar No.
August 19, 2010
Comes across as pretentious in spots but has not lost its '60s hallucinogenic suggestiveness. It haunts like the dream just out of reach of the rational concrete.
March 15, 2010
A grand Borgesian hall of mirrors
June 26, 2009
It's not so much a linear story of one man's adventures as an enquiry into the nature of performance, gender and the very structure of society.
April 10, 2009
Em sua estria como ator, Jagger surpreende pela intensidade e expressividade, ao passo que Fox, um intrprete j consagrado poca, impressiona pela coragem em protagonizar um filme que retratou como poucos a insanidade da Londres daquele perodo.
September 21, 2008
A strangely mesmerizing, innovative film whose artistic stature has increased largely due to its absorbing look at British crime and art worlds circa 1968, and riveting turns by Mick Jagger and James Foxx who exchange personalities in this tale.
June 15, 2007
the film reeks of Sixties avant garde style in an engaging sort of way and still comes across as a hip exploration of the kind of life us normal people can never have.
April 26, 2007
We were always building monuments to our power and we always will be--performance is just one avenue to that same old immortality.
February 27, 2007
The last half of the film is sheer nonsense, and less interesting nonsense than that which preceded it
February 13, 2007
The film is such a variety of aural and visual tactics that Performance is something to see, even if its immense viscera leaves little aftertaste.
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