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January 16, 2019
[The Public Image is Rotten] makes one wonder: Does anyone still care?
April 28, 2017
It's all wrapped in a package wearing dad jeans: too safe, too simple, too given to a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.3/10
April 29, 2017
John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols career is examined in this intimate doc that proves as frustrating as it is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2018
As fascinating and well-crafted as it is, The Public Image Is Rotten is ultimately a vanity project.
September 27, 2018
Watchable and intermittently entertaining, if hardly incisive, and slightly over-long at 105 minutes, The Public Image Is Rotten includes much that will be of interest only to devotees.
October 29, 2018
But it's Public Image Limited that Lydon is most loved for by music nerds, and The Public Image is Rotten is the definitive portrait of the band's ups and downs over its decades of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2018
The Public Image Is Rotten rises to the top of rock documentary filmmaking with a refreshing sense of candid storytelling only made possible by the genuine frankness of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 13, 2018
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.
October 1, 2018
The Public Image is Rotten gives John Lydon's full view of PiL, but it's a shame the scope wasn't stretched out a bit further.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 11, 2018
An almost-sentimental portrait of John Lydon in Winter
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2017
Blisteringly caustic as ever, John Lydon nevertheless reveals himself as an occasionally sentimental sort in Tabbert Fiiller's fitfully revelatory and charming documentary.
November 9, 2017
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.
September 13, 2018
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.
October 1, 2018
The Public Image Is Rotten is a documentary that serves its potential audience well.
November 1, 2018
This documentary, directed by Tabbert Fiiller... features the good fun of Lydon's raconteur rants and his willingness to always up-end expectations.
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