Performance (1970)

This psychological crime thriller finds Chas (James Fox) as a crook on the run from the law. He hides out at the house of Turner (Mick Jagger), a rocker who lives with Pherber (Anita Pallenberg) and Lucy (Michelle Breton). Sexual situations… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1970
DVD 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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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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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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Total Film

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

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Rapture and boredom both seem valid responses.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

With a pleasurably peculiar cast of James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Performance is one of the weirdest slices of Seventies London around, combining gangster violence and ritual humiliation with decaying rock-star glamour.

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TV 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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Flixster Audience Score: 79% 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 V
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