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Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail, and onto the front page. Joyce’s labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography, magic underwear, and celestial sex—until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, TABLOID is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 114
- Fresh: 104
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Morris's subject is sexual fantasy and a particular kind of American stupidity-the ability to substitute self-justification for self-knowledge. His tone is merry.
Fresh: Errol Morris is a genius, a gifted documentarian who has made better movies than "Tabloid," but none so entertaining.
Fresh: Operates as both an examination of the dominating media mentality at the time and an embodiment of it, no less keen on delving into the juicy details now as tabloid rags were then.
Fresh: Morris's doc is less about What Really Happened than exploring the lifespan of one of those stories that kept on giving.
It's a great movie about a super smart or super insane women.
The subject, Joyce McKinney is certainly charming if not manipulative and a bit self-deluded. The style & direction of the film is upbeat, kitchy, vintage tabloid through out. Every interview is obviously relaxed and detailed without going too dark & serious. Glows with older peoples reflections of the youthful craziness they all participated in in some way.
One of the best.
Wow... Erroll Morris has out done himself with this amazing documentary. A beautiful and elegant character study of a woman who is completley out of her mind Mad. The editing and structure of the film is hypnotizing and the plot keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. You don't want to miss this one... it's great.