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Pop Star on Ice

2009 1h 25m Documentary List
44% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 62% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Figure skater Johnny Weir makes a name for himself as an Olympic champion on the ice and a controversial celebrity in the tabloids. Director David Barba shadows Weir for one year, documenting the competitions, training and inner turmoil that make up his daily existence. Weir refuses, in interviews, to answer questions regarding his rumored homosexuality, only fueling speculation about his private life. But Barba's film focuses on Weir's quest to once again prove himself at the Olympics. Read More Read Less

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Alissa Simon Variety Smartly structured, crisply lensed docu "Pop Star on Ice" is a fascinating portrait of outspoken Olympian and three-time U.S. figure skating national champion Johnny Weir. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Nathan Rabin AV Club Documentaries thrive on candor and intimacy, two qualities the film fatally lacks. Weir has a reputation as a wild child and a loose cannon with little concern for propriety, but he's awfully cautious here about what he reveals about himself. Rated: C+ Jan 21, 2010 Full Review Diego Semerene Slant Magazine Weir is indeed the epitome of the pop star, embodying a bubble-gum histrionics too addicted to any kind of adulation to ever actually take sides. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 20, 2010 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter The beauty of David Barba and James Pellerito's full-length portrait of champion US figure skater Johnny Weir is that even when you think you know who he is, the next frame will present yet another contradiction. Jun 18, 2020 Full Review Phil Hall EDGE Boston Where's Brian Boitano when you really need him? Rated: 2/5 Jan 20, 2010 Full Review Kent Turner Film-Forward.com Filmmakers David Barba and James Pellerito have made the best promo for the [Olympic] games (NBC should be thankful). Rated: 3/5 Jan 19, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member It didn't offer much in the way of exploring Johnny Weir's person/life/etc. It was a very straight (oh god that was not a pun) documentary about his past achievements and then-current trials and tribulations. But I enjoyed it mostly because Johnny Weir has a really, really funny Russian accent. He is pretty hilarious. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this documentary - but, of course, I really love Johnny Weir. The film sets the foundation for the years leading up to the 2010 Olympics - showcasing the rivalry w/ Evan and providing a prequel to the series "Be Good Johnny Weir." My disappointments are in how much Weir holds back his fabulousness! :) 4 stars Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Well, it sparked my interest in Johnny Weir's reality show but as a documentary it's kind of . . . normal. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting and entertaining view inside the rink (and mind) of his sport's most dynamic and natural talent. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A good look into all the hard work and heartache Johnny puts into his craft. loved it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Figure skater Johnny Weir makes a name for himself as an Olympic champion on the ice and a controversial celebrity in the tabloids. Director David Barba shadows Weir for one year, documenting the competitions, training and inner turmoil that make up his daily existence. Weir refuses, in interviews, to answer questions regarding his rumored homosexuality, only fueling speculation about his private life. But Barba's film focuses on Weir's quest to once again prove himself at the Olympics.
Director
David Barba, James Pellerito
Producer
David Barba, James Pellerito
Screenwriter
David Barba, James Pellerito
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 25m
Sound Mix
Stereo