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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    Smartly edited, utterly engrossing, and as intelligent an examination of American race relations as I've seen.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    90
    An invaluable portrait of us-and-them America, a smart, generous, poignant, quietly disturbing movie about secrecy and hospitality, and how easy it is for a tradition of separateness to flourish when the stakes are as deceptively frivolous as an eye-popping yearly party.
  3. Eschewing voice-over or any obvious trace of an on-screen or off-screen presence, she (Brown) lets her images, a little text and other people do the talking for her. Her quiet has its own force.
  4. 88
    Margaret Brown's documentary is actually an examination of the racial divide in a city that claims there is none.
  5. 83
    So The Order Of Myths' central question remains tantalizingly unanswered: When a society respects its old-growth trees so much that they let the roots crack the sidewalks, are they being noble or ignorant?
  6. Brown explores a potentially enraging subject--rigidly upheld racial segregation in the country's oldest Mardi Gras celebration, in Mobile, Alabama--but her touch is so unforced and her gaze so open that no one is bruised.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    78
    "They have their Mardi Gras; we have ours," the explanation goes on both sides, but everyone seems to realize it's just a rationalization aimed at covering over Mobile's docile perpetuation of segregation.
  8. 70
    Moving and surprising documentary.
  9. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    70
    Quietly shocking, The Order of Myths is a deft, engrossing cross-section of Mobile life, heavy on local color and insight.
  10. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    70
    Gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts.
  11. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Order of Myths looks good, and its characters are memorable. It's important to know that the "traditions" extolled by both sides of Mobile involve keeping people apart. But it's not clear at all that Brown is bringing them together.
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  1. Sep 7, 2014
    3
    Order of Myths reminds me of something produced by the Film Board of Canada that you might be forced to watch in a high school social studiesOrder of Myths reminds me of something produced by the Film Board of Canada that you might be forced to watch in a high school social studies class. It has high production values and the teacher might care about the topic, but as a documentary it is utterly forgettable if you aren't somehow invested in the American Deep South.

    I'm also docking a few points because I get the impression that some average people agreed to be interviewed and assumed good faith, but they were made to look stupid with snide editing. (eg: Unnecessary comments about dress tailoring, the guy talking about how handicapped children enjoy the show, the girls talking backstage, etc.)
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