Katy Perry may only be the next pop star to get a 3-D concert movie/documentary made about her in recent years, but like Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" before it and unlike most others, "Katy Perry: Part of Me" is generally surprising critics with how good it is.
The majority of the reviews credit Perry's likeability and openness for a better-than-it-should-be moviegoing experience. Here's our roundup of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" reviews.
" 'Part of Me' works hard to prove it's more than a glorified infomercial, and one reason it is more is that Perry has a startling story to tell. The daughter of Pentecostal ministers, she grew up in a Christian bubble, sheltered from pop. But once she embraced pop, she did so with an almost religious zeal. The film also documents the breakup of her marriage to Russell Brand, and though it's glimpsed from the sidelines, Perry's despair is on full display. 'Part of Me' demonstrates why feeling the sorrow may help to project the joy." — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Perry comes across as aggressively likable, especially when she takes off the electric blue wig and gets 'real.' You root for her. 'This tour is my childhood dream ... to wear sparkly costumes and have people listen to me sing,' she says." — Kara Nesvig, Star Tribune
For the Fans
"For serious fans — and they are legion — the film will probably serve as more a celebration of all things Katy than a revelation. From the snippets of interviews with the hopelessly devoted that are woven through the film, it certainly seems that they already know her as well as a pop star can be known — every lyric, every fashion choice, every tweet." — Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
Comparisons to Other Concert Films
"There are several reasons that 'Katy Perry: Part of Me' is more interesting than similar movies about Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Most simply, she just has more talent than any of them, and her songs have a wider emotional range. But the film also catches glimpses of the unraveling of her marriage to the British actor and comedian Russell Brand, which gives it an undercurrent of classic backstage melodrama." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
The Final Word
"Any self-produced documentary about oneself is bound to be a propaganda film, but 'Katy Perry: Part of Me' is a good one, and a persuasive one. It may even be a true one. Who knows? Certainly, audiences will come away admiring Perry's long struggle for stardom, marveling at the stresses of a concert tour, and liking and maybe even respecting her music." — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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