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  • Summary: This documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, a group of flamboyant hippies who decked themselves in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    100
    This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    Joyously re-creates the brief but resplendent reign of the legendary freakadelic drag troupe.
  3. Cue the footage of Cockettes in spangles and glitter, high-kicking and belting out show tunes at the top of their lungs. Damn, it looks grand.
  4. 80
    An absorbing primer in one of the most fascinating chapters in American social history.
  5. Looks like Weimar decadence and feels like down-home friendship.
  6. The Cockettes epitomized a brief confluence of new possibilities, not so much in theater as in personal style, lending them a certain historical value that greatly exceeds their contribution to theater.
  7. 38
    Indulgent, tedious documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 30, 2010
    8
    The documentary is one of the most affective ways to capture a time and place in history especially when the subject is as visually compelling as the Cockettes. Counter culture San Francisco history is so saturated with tired tales of the Beat Generation and the Grateful Dead. It was delightful to stumble upon a lesser known group of artists (who were actually quite famous in their own right). Interesting to note were some of the pervasive themes present in the documentary namely the "New York City" response to this "San Francisco" phenomenon. This film depicts a primary example of the West Coast's more open and relaxed attitude toward artistic expression not to mention the DIY aspect of San Francisco art culture (exemplified by the Cockette's costuming and sets) in general. Expand

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