The Order of Myths Synopsis
Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Ala., in 2007 reveal enduring color lines.
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Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
Smartly edited, utterly engrossing, and as intelligent an examination of American race relations as I've seen.
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90

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
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...
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90

Los Angeles Times

An invaluable portrait of us-and-them America, a smart, generous, poignant, quietly disturbing movie about secrecy and hospitality, and how...
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88

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Margaret Brown's documentary is actually an examination of the racial divide in a city that claims there is none.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Brown explores a potentially enraging subject--rigidly upheld racial segregation in the country's oldest Mardi Gras celebration, in Mobile,...
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78

Austin Chronicle

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"They have their Mardi Gras; we have ours," the explanation goes on both sides, but everyone seems to realize it's just a rationalization...
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Moving and surprising documentary.
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70

Washington Post

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Gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts.
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70

Village Voice

Quietly shocking, The Order of Myths is a deft, engrossing cross-section of Mobile life, heavy on local color and insight.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Exotic and thoughtful.
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Rated NR