Portrait of Jason - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Portrait of Jason Reviews

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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
September 30, 2015
The larger truth is that Jason, who died in obscurity in 1998, and [Portrait of Jason] still have things to teach us about the nature of race, sex, and success in America.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 11, 2013
Like any star turn, Holliday's performance rings utterly true. It's that indefinable but unmistakable reality-beyond-reality called art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2013
This is a film way ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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May 2, 2013
Whether Jason is laughing or crying, he holds you rapt with tales that conceal as much as they reveal.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 16, 2013
Serves as a sideways time capsule, creating a blurry snapshot of an Afro-camp subculture during the era of Christopher Street bar raids and burn-baby-burn rioting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 15, 2013
A masterwork of grand-scale intimacy ...
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 27, 2012
[Portrait of Jason] says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 27, 2012
Portrait of Jason is a curious and fascinating example of cinema verité, all the ramifications of which cannot be immediately known.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Jason himself certainly provides enough artifice to keep any audience engrossed.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's an intense, commanding film, though Clarke's wholesale appropriation of Jason's life and pain for the purposes of art causes a moral queasiness.