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      The Eyes of Tammy Faye

      PG-13 Released Jan 25, 2000 1h 19m Documentary List
      87% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Twelve years after the scandalous collapse of the multimillion dollar Christian empire built by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, "The Eyes Of Tammy Faye" tells the fascinating inside story of the rise, fall and resurrection of "the Queen of the Eyelashes." One of the most adored and reviled women of her time, the film follows her amazing tale from her love at first sight encounter with Jim, through the glory days of PTL, to the scandal that brought both their empire and their family tumbling down. Read More Read Less
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      With true queer icon flair, peels off its fake lashes to reveal the quirky essence of this controversial figure in unapologetically campy fashion.

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      Brandon Judell indieWire Filled with sock puppets, narration by RuPaul, and wads of mascara, this solid piece of reporting goes far behind the media created image of a woman who served as our Clown Princess for quite some time. Aug 29, 2021 Full Review Nancy Banks-Smith Guardian From the opening shot of Tammy's Mom in her coffin still wearing her spectacles, your jaw swung open for 40 minutes. Feb 25, 2020 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: A- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Diane Anderson-Minshall Curve Hilariously tragic. May 18, 2022 Full Review David Reddish Queerty To understand the brilliance of Jessica Chastains performance in the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, viewers should take a trip back to the documentary that started it all. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 20, 2022 Full Review Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Cheryl F I really liked this movie. So many things I didn't know about Tammy Faye. I will never think of her as a joke again. Jessica Chastain does a touching portrayal. No matter what your views of organized religion, I highly recommend this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/24 Full Review Audience Member I'm not all that interested in this character, but my wife wanted to watch it, so we did. I watched part of the newer film, as well. It seemed like that newer film mostly just dramatized real footage from this film. I would probably watch this film rather than that newer one. I'm not sure what the point of the newer one is. By the way, there's no question that Jerry Falwell lived every bit as lavishly as these guys did. And, frankly, I think Tammy Faye, crazy and tacky as she might be, was a much more decent person then he was. As for Jim Bakker, I can't really say. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Jessica Chastain is Tammy Faye. She is amazing. Not so much for Andrew Garfield. Not a great script but worth watching to see Jessica Chastain. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review georgan g This icon of female religious leaders had quite a long track record of being far left. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The only thing that The Eyes of Tammy Faye seemed to prove is that she was still in dire need of an internal and external makeover. It is a nauseating pity party, marked by her deep hypocrisies. I gave Tammy Faye credit for one thing only, and that was her acceptance of gays and other religions. Towards the end, she commented that she would be able to hug her husband for the first time in two years without people watching -- and then does it on camera. Even if you wipe out all the past greed -- and indeed, she and Jim were not and are not the only televangelists to live high off the backs of their congregation -- one fact is clear: Tammy was in it for the attention; but she also wanted to control the type of attention she got. Notoriety just doesn't work that way. When you stay in the faces of so many people who have made it clear they don't want any more of you, you're going to get a lot of negative attention. And I was angry at myself for giving her any. In the end, the Bakkers are simply a chapter in the book of parasitic televangelism and were probably no worse or better than their like-minded peers of yesterday or today. There was a lot of blame to go around, but Tammy Faye served up portions of it to everyone but herself. The documentary was well done, but unfortunately, it boiled down to the ultimate gift to a narcissist. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member If you didn't like Tammy Faye before, you really won't like her after watching this movie. Mission accomplished. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Twelve years after the scandalous collapse of the multimillion dollar Christian empire built by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, "The Eyes Of Tammy Faye" tells the fascinating inside story of the rise, fall and resurrection of "the Queen of the Eyelashes." One of the most adored and reviled women of her time, the film follows her amazing tale from her love at first sight encounter with Jim, through the glory days of PTL, to the scandal that brought both their empire and their family tumbling down.
      Director
      Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
      Producer
      Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbain
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films
      Production Co
      World of Wonder, FilmFour, Cinemax
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Sexual Content)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 25, 2000, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 4, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.0M
      Runtime
      1h 19m