Pop Star on Ice

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Johnny Weir is one of the most flamboyant and exciting figures in the world of men's competitive figure skating. Weir was a medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics and has won the U.S. men's skating championship three times at the age of 23, and his dramatic, openly emotional style and stylish costumes have helped to win his a passionate fan following. Weir is also known for his willingness to speak his mind without hesitation, as well as his stubborn refusal to discuss certain aspects of his private life (as he once told a reporter, "What I do in my bedroom is personal -- I don't think anyone needs to know if I'm sleeping with Sienna Miller or Orlando Bloom"). Filmmakers David Barba and James Pellerito spent a year following Weir during the competitive skating season, and the documentary Pop Star On Ice offers an in-depth look at Weir on and off the ice, as he trains for upcoming competitions, deals with both triumph and disappointment, and holds on to his dream of once again representing the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Pop Star On Ice was the first feature film from David Barba and James Pellerito, and played the documentary film festival circuit before making its television debut on the Sundance Channel.


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Documentaries thrive on candor and intimacy, two qualities the film fatally lacks. Weir has a reputation as a wild child and a loose cannon with little concern for propriety, but he's awfully cautious here about what he reveals about himself.

Jan 21, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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If you're not already a member of the "Johnny's Angels" fan club, you might wonder why other equally outrageous athletes weren't bestowed with their own cinematic tributes.

Jan 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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One part hagiography and two parts psychotherapy.

Jan 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

Pop Star on Ice doesn't so much follow figure skater Johnny Weir as offer him a platform on which to mouth off, punctuated with practice and competition footage.

Jan 19, 2010 | Full Review…

Weir is indeed the epitome of the pop star, embodying a bubble-gum histrionics too addicted to any kind of adulation to ever actually take sides.

Jan 20, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Where's Brian Boitano when you really need him?

Jan 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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