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Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents

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Don Hardy Jr.

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About the Movie

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents tells the story of the iconic renegade cult band The Residents. From the group’s formation in Shreveport to their success in the burgeoning San Francisco avant-garde music scene of the 60s and 70s, The Residents redefined what a rock band could be. With the advent of music videos in the 1980s, these masked musicians gained global fame as MTV darlings and serious art world figures. Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Mar 20, 2015

Fresh: Stuffed with examples of the nose-thumbing spirit that has sustained their popularity despite the bandmates' refusal to reveal their individual identities, the film is a fine primer for the curious. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, May 18, 2016

Fresh: The film is a must-see for those who want to be introduced to the band, even if part way through you may find that you've hit your limit. – Peter Keough, Boston Globe, Mar 3, 2016

Rotten: We hear statements of admiration for the band from such longtime fans as Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening. But there is precious little context or critical thinking to make one truly care. – Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, Mar 17, 2016

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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