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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye Reviews

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Miles Howard
Boston Phoenix
March 20, 2012
The blasť result feels like a great disservice to P-Orridge, who conducts himself with genuine grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 13, 2012
Director Marie Losier's film is informative but it is also more often than not irritating in both content and technique. (A film) more to be endured than enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
March 7, 2012
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye tries so hard to keep up with the quirkiness and theatricality of its subjects that it ends up canceling them out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 5, 2012
"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" assumes a great deal of built-in interest in the title figures I suspect most people will not have.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 22, 2012
This is a manic, overmedicated, and remembered elegy. It's also private, personal, and obscure, a ballad meant more for its subjects' eyes and ears than ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
Archival performance footage gives the doc historical weight, but P-Orridge often comes across as an attention-seeking diva as he endlessly mugs for whatever camera is around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
June 20, 2011
Some of P-Orridge's work is certainly interesting, but like many transgressive artists he has a tendency to let shock for its own sake override other concerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 8, 2012
Frayed-looking performance film alternates with cuddly home movies and the director's theatrical interventions, but the couple's willingness to bare flesh only heightens the overall feeling of artifice.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 23, 2012
A frustrating if fitfully fascinating documentary about the singer, writer and performance artist known as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
Losier's doc is almost as obsessive as its subjects.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
March 8, 2012
Rarely do films offer such intimate insights into the inner workings of a true artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
Ballad functions as a dreamlike portrait of her subjects.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 25, 2011
Losier's film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.
Jennifer Merin
March 5, 2012
A compelling character study and a fascinating reflection of contemporary culture, but you must decide for yourself whether their obsession is the love of art or art of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 10, 2011
Losier's portrait, like her extraordinary subject, feels like a work-in progress rather than the final word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Frosch
January 18, 2012
An engaging, dynamic study of mutual inspiration and unconditional love.
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 26, 2012
Very human.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Cabin
March 8, 2012
Few music documentaries bloom with such lovely, rambunctious energy and singular vision as this.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2013
This edgy documentary manages to tell an affecting love story even as it ventures into the cultish, transgressive world of underground music.
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