• Released
  • March 8, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 12 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

Most important, the relationship between P-Orridge and Lady Jaye comes off as heartfelt, and "Ballad" makes you feel something. Just like art.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Losier has made a quietly revolutionary work that treats a pair of people on the fringes with the decency all humans deserve.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
True love is never having to say goodbye … because when you look in the mirror, there s/he is.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.
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70

Village Voice

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.
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70

Los Angeles Times

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.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
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.
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38

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
If it's art, it's only mildly interesting.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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