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  • Summary: Known as the first openly gay rock star, Jobriath’s reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by most critics as all flash, no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business and retreated to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died forgotten in 1983 at the age of 37, one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. However, in the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as The Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, and Morrissey, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Through interviews, archival material and animation, experience the heartbreaking, unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath. Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Apr 29, 2014
    100
    Kieran Turner's Jobriath A.D. is an exceptional example of this subgenre, a cubist portrait of an unknowable man and a dramatic whodunit about an artist-victim who died by a thousand cuts.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jan 30, 2014
    70
    While the subject remains something of an enigma offstage, this absorbing and deftly crafted documentary compels interest throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    Viewers will surely have their curiosity piqued, but may not walk out convinced of Jobriath's place in the pop Pantheon.
  4. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Jan 29, 2014
    50
    Jobriath A.D. is a tragic and occasionally fascinating look at pop stardom in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but its subject seems just barely compelling enough to sustain it.
  5. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Jan 29, 2014
    50
    The film never explores the depths and nuances that could actually place Jobriath in conversation with figures who came after him, however reductively.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    May 1, 2014
    40
    It’s cruel but must be said: Presented in hushed, reverent tones, Jobriath A.D. often comes across as mockumentary material; each ghastly career move is followed by another. Hampered by limited video of Jobriath, the film lacks a sense of him or his music.

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