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Paris Is Burning Reviews

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January 6, 2007
[Paris Is Burning] was much admired when it came out in 1990. It holds up moderately for re-release now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 28, 2020
A scintillating example of how art can serve life without compromising its objective of adding meaning to our journey.
March 5, 2020
As en exercise in documentary filmmaking, it mines incredible honesty from its subjects and captures it with immense empathy and admiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
June 17, 2019
For anyone who's ever felt like an outsider, Paris is Burning is a reassuring reminder that someone somewhere totally gets you.
May 20, 2003
A world that at first sounds camp and desperately superficial gradually reveals itself as an altogether more complex milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 13, 2019
Jennie Livingston's doc, shot over seven years is nostalgic now but just as powerful.
July 3, 2019
Paris Is Burning is a masterpiece that works as well as it does because its point of view is not that of someone instructing the audience like a tenured professor.
May 18, 2020
A fascinating, ironic, triumphant, tragic film.
August 5, 2019
Paris Is Burning preserves in cinematic amber a pre-'90s, pre-Giuliani New York City that looks and feels more hard and hostile, and yet seems more innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 19, 2020
Half sad, half exuberant.
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
July 5, 2019
More than anything, Paris is Burning is a thoroughly entertaining performance film. Beneath the theatrical trappings, though, sits layer after layer of poverty and abuse. Livingston manages to navigate those dueling moods of celebration and depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 18, 2020
Livingston weaves these narratives together with pace and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2020
Wildly entertaining, deeply humanitarian and fundamentally educational.
May 18, 2020
Paris Is Burning is a daring and remarkable little film.
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.
June 26, 2019
At times intimate and raw, Paris is Burning tries to capture the powerful essence of walking the floor to thunderous cheers and sometimes boos.
March 4, 2017
Livingston's film is a poignant look at black and Latinx gay and transgender communities, dissecting race and class, gender and sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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