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Stephen Shorter (Manfred Mann's Paul Jones) seems like the perfect pop star; he is, however, little more than the puppet and prisoner of a manipulating church and state. What seemed like outlandish speculation in 1967 - the control of the masses through popular culture and celebrity endorsement -- now seems too close for comfort. Still criminally misunderstood, it is time for Watkins' visually stunning film to be fully appreciated.

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A raging and thoroughgoing satire of pop messiah-dom and media puppetry"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"While not primarily intended as prophecy, Watkins's tale of Shorter's reign and fall has resonances of celebrity activism from Bob Geldof to globe-hopping lobbyist Bono."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Watkins doesn't offer any pretense of subtlety in his brash portrait of pop stardom and the entertainment industry as the opiate of the masses..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) picked up the same storyline and most thought he was a genius for doing so."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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