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The Weird World of Blowfly Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com
September 25, 2011
A nonfiction curio that gets by for hardcore music fans on the personality of its subject and little more; lapses in filmmaking judgment render this World more tragically unexplored than wonderfully weird for general viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Randall Roberts
Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2011
What ends up on screen is less a story than a string of depressing, offensive or depressingly offensive scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
September 22, 2011
Footnote in musical history gets a padded documentary that says more about the nature of fandom than about songwriter and raunchy party-record singer Clarence "Blowfly" Reid.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 19, 2011
Cringe-inducing debauchery courtesy of The Godfather of Rap!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
September 17, 2011
Cringe-inducing debauchery courtesy of The Godfather of Rap!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
September 17, 2011
Too brief on details [but] earthy, living history of the roots of rap through the ribald and bemused perspective of a septuagenarian veteran of the music business.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
September 15, 2011
Somehow Mr. Reid has an ability to push so far into the depths of stupidity that he breaks out the other side, making you laugh in spite of yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
September 15, 2011
refreshing
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 15, 2011
Furmanski's melancholy, involving documentary ultimately registers as a haunting character study about the sad man behind the filthy music.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
September 14, 2011
So-so contemporary shows and cantankerous arguments are favored over in-depth looks at Reid's legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
September 13, 2011
Although its subject is never less than captivating, Jonathan Furmanski's film is frustratingly unfocused, a scattershot collection of candid footage and biographical information. Thankfully, Blowfly's world is weird as promised.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 13, 2011
"The Weird World of BlowFly" is an incomplete introduction to an important underground black comedian and R&B musician who never got his due. Clarence Reid deserves a better documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2011
Though it was made by a fanboy, The Weird World of Blowfly manages not to blindly glorify its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 6, 2011
Hanging out with a 1970s cult figure of raunchy R&B "party records" is less fun than one would expect in The Weird World of Blowfly.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 4, 2011
You are not likely to meet a more intriguing, unusual person in any other documentary you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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New York Times
September 16, 2011
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