Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay, Paris and Britney, Joyce McKinney made her mark as a peerless tabloid queen. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War) follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Weird, Funny. Mesmerizing. Genius. Love the editing and the soundtrack and what a superb story, borderline demented this film is. Docudrama meets mockumentary? I cannot really put this film on a box, on a genre. First film I ever saw from him and was absolutely delighted.
Tabloid is a competent documentary but Joyce McKinney made me feel like I ODed on and was hallucinating on crazy pills. This woman takes the audience through an emotional spectrum, forcing them to not only sympathize with her, but eventually hate her. By the time the dog cloning was brought up, I... I... I had nothing. As if there wasn't enough What The Fuck in this story...
What do manacled Mormons, kinky sex, South Korean cloning labs, and southern beauty queens have in common? Everything. Hilarious and at times, powerful, Tabloid lived up to its title and was juicy and entertaining. McKinney's interviews are always bizarre and convoluted but so much fun. Such a delightful documentary.
Truth really is stranger than fiction in Errol Morris' latest documentary, chronicling the truly bizarre tale of Joyce McKinney, a beauty queen whose attempt to rescue the man she loved from oppressive Mormons leads her into a kidnapping scandal that reverberates through the rest of her life. Morris rarely finds solid facts here, but presents a fascinating look at media controlled hype and sensationalism.
Two different stories, two different ways to approach the same facts. By listening to both versions, Errol Morris doesn't try to re-establish the truth about the Joyce McKinney case, Tabloid is not the definitive official version of this story. And I don't care at all because Joyce, with her behaviour and her obsession, deserves, in my opinion, to impose her own reality on us. Highly recommended.
Another superbly strange true story told with expert precision by master documentarian Errol Morris. Packed with odd characters and constantly surprising, it has a lot to say about perspective and the transient nature of truth, all in Morris' sharp, probing style that's always funny, sometimes moving, and sometimes disturbing. Easily one of the best documentaries I've seen in some time.