Paris Is Burning - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Paris Is Burning Reviews

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May 28, 2020
A scintillating example of how art can serve life without compromising its objective of adding meaning to our journey.
May 19, 2020
Not since Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls have I been so taken and fascinated by such a gallery of real-life, stunningly etched characters.
May 19, 2020
Half sad, half exuberant.
May 19, 2020
The earnestness of the competition is what holds this film together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2020
There is a lot of common sense and natural wit behind the role-playing. Yet there is also a terrible sadness in the testimony.
May 19, 2020
[The film intercuts] ball scenes with interviews with the participants in less hectic, more reflective moments. It is those personal, humanizing moments, much more than the hectic, eye-catching hubbub of performance, that truly linger in the mind.
May 19, 2020
If the wit, glamour and mind-boggling outfits of Paris Is Burning are disarming, not far beneath the film's surface is an immensely moving quality.
May 19, 2020
If all you know about Voguing comes from Madonna, this spirited and heartbreaking documentary from first-time filmmaker Jennie Livingston will be an eyeopener.
May 19, 2020
Although the film has its dark moments, Paris Is Burning is mostly upbeat, and the overall message of the movie is heartening and humane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2020
Livingston's film shows how fantasy can mitigate the sadness of life.
May 18, 2020
Paris Is Burning is a daring and remarkable little film.
May 18, 2020
The film is a comprehensive, if dated, tour through a subculture which, thanks to the ministrations of Madonna, has long since passed into the semi- mainstream.
May 18, 2020
Livingston weaves these narratives together with pace and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2020
The film is rude, colorful, and bursting with questions about American culture, subculture, and society.
May 18, 2020
A fascinating, ironic, triumphant, tragic film.
May 18, 2020
A rough-edged, talking- heads documentary, directed with skill if not polish by Jennie Livingston, that has found a topic almost unbelievably rich in cultural paradoxes and interpretive possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2020
Wildly entertaining, deeply humanitarian and fundamentally educational.
May 18, 2020
Fun, yes, but also heartbreaking.
May 18, 2020
Livingston provides an eye-opening, moving and revealing ode to desperate self re-invention, achieved through the tarnished glamour of an extended disco family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2020
Both an exuberant portrait of gay culture and queer defiance during a time when visibility was low and discrimination was high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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