The fact that not only can you clone puppies in Korea, but that Joyce actually did it, and the drive she had for doing so after everything she experienced in life, is far more interesting subject for exploration than simple retelling of a Mormon sex/kidnap scandal which ends up consuming most of the film's time.
NYTimes writer John Anderson accurately sums up Morris' talent, noting that "Morris has developed a knack for finding that zone in each person’s character where lucidity intersects with delusion and where the urge to perform collides with the impulse to dissemble." But over the course of his career it's become tiresome and within the course of this movie, very tiresome. 3.0 stars
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...
Mormonism, weird sex acts, kidnapping, cloning, magic underwear, media manipulation..... a story so strange it could only be true. Director Errol Morris dips back into his agenda of truthseeking where we see no one can be trusted to give the whole truth only their best self pleasing version of it. Fascinating, lurid tale of Joyce McKinney makes for an interesting watch with excellent use of tabloid style graphics.