Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 5, 2011
    75
    The significance of that group anecdote - from the message of unity to the way Mardi Gras gave some gay New Orleanians a way to explain their lives to their parents - can't be overstated, either for its impact on human rights or its power to move.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 9, 2011
    70
    Genial documentary combines extravagance of Mardi Gras drag with an underexposed story of early gay-rights achievements.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 7, 2011
    63
    The Sons of Tennessee Williams, which offers touching interviews with many older gay men, somewhat awkwardly connects this history with the efforts of a gay Mardi Gras crew to keep going in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  4. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Oct 6, 2011
    60
    As the film cuts back and forth between the present day and a historical survey of gay culture, its tone wavers between dutifully somber and irrepressibly funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 4, 2011
    50
    Tim Wolff's documentary is a diverting mix of colorful interviewees and footage from one such krewe's 40th anniversary ball, but it doesn't probe very deep.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 4, 2011
    30
    A tedious exercise in filling in historical blanks through exhausted tropes.
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Oct 6, 2011
    25
    This time-tested project of tracing gayness back to when its shame was so explicitly enforced feels not only passé, and naïve, but mostly unproductive in a post-Judith Butler world in which drag queens are on TV teaching biological women how to better perform womanhood.

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