Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Apr 4, 2012
    78
    True love is never having to say goodbye … because when you look in the mirror, there s/he is.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 22, 2012
    63
    The movie doesn't exactly argue anything. It's mostly a collection of scenes and footage, directed by Losier in plumes of abstraction and unified by Megson's voice-over.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Though the film flirts with being in a sense too intimately drawn from Jaye and P-Orridge themselves - more context from those who knew P-Orridge before the couple got together would have been useful - the sense of intimacy created by Losier is remarkable.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Mar 8, 2012
    100
    Most important, the relationship between P-Orridge and Lady Jaye comes off as heartfelt, and "Ballad" makes you feel something. Just like art.
  5. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Mar 7, 2012
    50
    The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye tries so hard to keep up with the quirkiness and theatricality of its subjects that it ends up canceling them out.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 7, 2012
    75
    Genesis And Lady Jaye accurately portrays a restless artist with a kitchen-sink aesthetic, and offers up a film to match.
  7. Reviewed by: Guy Dixon
    Mar 16, 2012
    75
    It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 8, 2012
    70
    Highlighting the wacky while playing down the distasteful, Marie Losier's playful profile of the English musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his second wife, Lady Jaye, takes a lighthearted look at the things they did for love.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 6, 2012
    80
    Losier has made a quietly revolutionary work that treats a pair of people on the fringes with the decency all humans deserve.
  10. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Mar 6, 2012
    70
    This impressionistic approach eschews traditional biography, instead giving the viewer the feeling of being inside a moment, without necessarily providing all the information we might need to contextualize what we're seeing.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 23, 2012
    38
    If it's art, it's only mildly interesting.

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