The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019)




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In the 1990s, boy bands were king. Groups like N'SYNC and the Backstreet Boys were international sensations. But that wasn't the whole story. To tell the whole story, you have to talk about Lou. Lou Pearlman was the producer behind the pop explosion of the early 90s, but he was anything but an artist. In fact many would might call him a monster.


Critic Reviews for The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

It may be an all-too-familiar refrain - trusted music manager rips off his clients - but "The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story" sets it in the broader, more intriguing context of the age-old pursuit of those twin trappings, fame and fortune.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

As Kunkel structures the doc, it's like "Here's this guy who nobody completely understands, now let's go back in time and ... nobody understood him then, either." I prefer that to cheap and specious psychoanalyzing.

March 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The man behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in this absorbing documentary.

March 14, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In an increasingly competitive genre, a really bad guy at the center of your scam documentary isn't enough to make it stand out.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, The Boy Band Con struggles to find the balance between a real-life showbiz story and a more serious story about a serial embezzler.

December 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It's more like a primer on Pearlman for those who haven't thought about boy bands since the 90s than a provocative true crime investigation.

April 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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