|Lions Gate Films | Release Date: July 21, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A hilarious, sad and sometimes-inspiring documentary directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the film is an all-out Tammy valentine -- campy, dramatic and, of course, makeup-smeared. And better than any melodrama you'll see this year.
All in all, she comes off as quite a complex creature.
A lively and affectionate cross between an infomercial and a genuflection.
A largely irresistible puff piece.
It's highly entertaining, even if it's almost entirely one-sided.
If the mark of a successful documentary is its ability to make us examine a tired subject in a fresh way, then Eyes is a rip-roaring success.
If The Eyes of Tammy Faye is skimpy, it's still an important correction to the record about this fascinating and misunderstood woman, who turns out to be much more than just her makeup.
It's a tale of survival and kitsch that will win you over.
As a whole, The Eyes of Tammy Faye funnily and lively serves to show that sometimes the best movie characters are real ones and sometimes the best Christians are ones who look like crack-whores.
Eyes sees what it wants to see, but it's a riveting glimpse.
A runny intimate portrait that doesn't trust Tammy Faye Messner and her story to enthrall you. So they've all but spelled it out: k-i-t-s-c-h.
But even if the film is short on analysis and skepticism, Tammy makes for a fascinating subject anyway.
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