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Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail, and onto the front page. Joyce's labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography, magic underwear, and celestial sex-until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Operates as both an examination of the dominating media mentality at the time and an embodiment of it, no less keen on delving into the juicy details now as tabloid rags were then."
‑ William Goss,
""Tabloid" is tantalizing, but like yesterday's headlines, it's a fleeting flirtation."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Tabloid is totally fascinating. It features brilliant editing and pacing along with well thought out concepts that are expertly executed. A must see!"
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"It's a bizarre "where are they now?" story of a rather unedifying kind, and one feels ashamed of laughing at this sad exhibitionist."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"McKinney is no Robert McNamara, but there are lessons to be learned from this fog of sleaze."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"This is a lighter, less significant work than his 'Standard Operating Procedure' or 'The Fog of War', but it's engrossing and pleasingly slippery with the facts."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Though the events Tabloid recounts took place in the pre-digital age, the film also functions as a kind of prehistory of modern celebrity culture and tabloid journalism."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Mesmerizing...In Joyce McKinney, Morris has found a fittingly weird and funny muse"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Morris suggests that you can sometimes find profundity in triviality - and though Joyce condemns herself out of her own mouth, it is always possible to feel sorry for a woman whose obsession has so totally ruled her life."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Morris's doc is less about What Really Happened than exploring the lifespan of one of those stories that kept on giving."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Errol Morris is a genius, a gifted documentarian who has made better movies than "Tabloid," but none so entertaining."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Morris's subject is sexual fantasy and a particular kind of American stupidity-the ability to substitute self-justification for self-knowledge. His tone is merry."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Morris gets to have his cake and eat it."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A vivid picture of the way we lived then."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"[Morris] tells us nothing about the prurience and gutter morality of the tabloid newspaper industry that Britons haven't heard every day and that the world, in the Murdochgate era, is now hearing likewise."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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