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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye Reviews

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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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 12, 2012
Losier's doc is almost as obsessive as its subjects.
March 8, 2012
Rarely do films offer such intimate insights into the inner workings of a true artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 6, 2012
Ballad functions as a dreamlike portrait of her subjects.
April 25, 2011
Losier's film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.
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
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
January 18, 2012
An engaging, dynamic study of mutual inspiration and unconditional love.
March 16, 2012
It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2012
Very human.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 8, 2012
Few music documentaries bloom with such lovely, rambunctious energy and singular vision as this.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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