Performance
Performance (1970)

Even in an era of cinematic experimentation, Performance stands out as a visually daring major-studio film that deals with questions of sanity and identity rarely touched on in mainstream filmmaking. The elements of Performance certainly… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Pop stars continue to have bad luck in films.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Roeg's debut as a director is a virtuoso juggling act which manipulates its visual and verbal imagery so cunningly that the borderline between reality and fantasy is gradually eliminated.

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Total Film

This hallucinogenic deconstruction of identity writhes with sex, substances, ultraviolence and good ol' rock'n'roll.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The movie is a facile enough pastiche of underground pyrotechnics and Euro-art pretensions, but far more evocative now is the fast, offhand repartee between the principals.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It isn't altogether successful, largely because it tries too hard and doesn't pace itself to let its effects sink in.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually dazzling, finely acted investigation into such diverse matters as identity, sexuality, violence, power, and underground culture in late 1960s London.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Rapture and boredom both seem valid responses.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

For all its hallucinatory excesses, however, Performance is a film of ideas, even if it's happier to let them swirl around than attempt to explain them.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It put Roeg's powerful cinematic style on the cultural map for the first time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Cited as a classic by fans of cult movies, gangster movies, music movies and movie movies - I'd been jonesing to see this film for 25 years... and it did… More
AJ Verser
Mick Jagger plays a washed up rock star, which couldn't have been to hard for him to play. No, the performance involved is of the mobster who rents a room… More
Graham Jones
Roeg's first film is a strange trip with a deranged Mick Jagger.
Greg S
A British gangster goes on the lam and ends up hiding out with a hermit pop star (Mick Jagger) and his two girlfriends. There's a tremendous psychedelic… More
Cassandra Maples
Gangland enforcer James Fox gets involved with decadent fading rock star Mick Jagger in Nicholas Roeg's and Donald Cammell's cult film Few films… More
Devon Bott
Performance is a sloppy, unfocused mess whose biggest virtues seem to be it's psychedelic attitude and the fact that Mick Jagger co-stars. The star of the… More