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, Film.com, 2011-11-18
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, 2011-11-08
Errol Morris is a genius, a gifted documentarian who has made better movies than "Tabloid," but none so entertaining.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2011-08-11
"Tabloid" is tantalizing, but like yesterday's headlines, it's a fleeting flirtation.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-08-05
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, 2011-07-28
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, 2011-07-24
It is quite simply one of the craziest stories ever told, made all the crazier by the fact that it's true. Or at least some version of it is true.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2011-07-22
Tabloid, Errol Morris' latest wild and woolly portrait of human self-delusion, is a scandal-sheet dream come to life.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2011-07-21
The movie is guilty of condescending toward its subjects, though most of them appear to be having a fabulous time telling tales.
John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2011-07-21
A tale of obsession and abduction, self-delusion and sexual confusion, Errol Morris' Tabloid stands as an almost giddy affirmation of the old cliche: Truth is stranger than fiction.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-07-21
The viewer is left with no clear indication of what really happened, but with a vibrant portrait of a compelling character. That's what Morris is after.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2011-07-20
Morris adds to the hilarity with his signature device of superimposing key words onscreen in giant type; the movie is a welcome reminder that he got his start immortalizing American oddballs.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2011-07-15
Morris is clearly fascinated by her mega eccentricities and lets her go on at great length telling her side of the story.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2011-07-15
Tabloid spins a heck of a yarn, while implicitly warning viewers not to be so entertained that they believe every gamy detail.
Mark Jenkins, NPR, 2011-07-15
McKinney, a born performer, is in her glory as she spins her version of the affair.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-07-15
Morris realizes he has a genuine character in McKinney, and gives her the spotlight.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2011-07-15
For fans of Morris's work, which often grapples with the nature of truth and memory, it's a must-see film.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2011-07-15
It's all compelling, in the way reading trashy gossip usually is. But without any new perspectives, what's the point?
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2011-07-15