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The Public Image is Rotten (2018)




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After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), formed Public Image Ltd (Pil) - his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality.


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Diehard fans may enjoy The Public Image is Rotten, but there's not a lot here that they-or even adventurous newbies-can't get more of elsewhere.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even if you've scratched your head over Mr. Lydon's TV ad work and other efforts to maintain a professional life in recent years, this affectionate and frank movie can elicit newfound admiration for a slightly mellowed iconoclast.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation.

November 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Fiiller has a lot of material to juggle but does so admirably. It's breathless at times, but never less than engaging. Better yet, Lydon's increasingly baffling politics are kept well out of it.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

As fascinating and well-crafted as it is, The Public Image Is Rotten is ultimately a vanity project.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

An almost-sentimental portrait of John Lydon in Winter

September 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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