Katy Perry: Part of Me

05katy-web-thumbstandard Pop star Katy Perry is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. The film shares the air of glamour and fun that radiates from this talented and unique artist.
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NYT Review
According to a young fan interviewed in “Katy Perry: Part of Me," attending a Katy Perry concert is like being shot with an arrow of Katy Perryness. To watch the movie, a 3-D concert documentary directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, is to be subjected to an artillery barrage of Katy Perryness. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 77%
Critics' score: 77   Audience score: 74   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

We're left with zero sense of what she's really like as a granddaughter, sister, boss, or friend. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Although there are moments when the filmmakers' fingerprints are nearly visible on the manipulated putty of an audience, the scenes aren't enough to break the fruit-flavored spell. full review

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

"Part of Me" is more electronic press kit than fly-on-the-wall documentary. full review

Adam Graham, Detroit News

Just like it says, "Part of Me" is one aspect of Perry, but her fans may leave the movie wanting more. full review

Mark Shanahan, Boston Globe

What is worth seeing - and shelling out the 3-D premium for - is Perry's eye-popping showmanship. full review

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

I gained respect for Perry, her work ethic and personal rediscovery. full review

Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News

I'm willing to believe Perry is everything "Part of Me" says she is: kind, smart, talented, hardworking, deserving of success. I just wish the movie trusted me to decide for myself. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

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. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Surely there are more interesting subjects, but Perry manages to pull it off here, coming off completely likable and real, never insufferable and fake. full review

Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

[It] goes a bit beyond the usual music documentaries, which rarely document anything beyond how beloved their stars are. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Ever the professional, the pop star has surrounded herself with people who know how to make a tour work - but none of them seem well-equipped to give a heartbroken 27-year-old girl a much needed hug. full review

Sara Stewart, New York Post

I'm not sure what I was expecting from "Katy Perry: Part of Me," but I know it wasn't this: a pleasant surprise. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

You realize the main drama of the movie - and Perry's career - is not that she has any special artistic talent, but rather the drive to take on an insane workload and see it through to the bitter end. full review

Andrew Matson, Seattle Times

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. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

It's difficult to assess the authenticity of Perry's big-screen portrait, shaped by handlers, friends, family and gushing Katy Kats. But her zeal, geeky enthusiasm and generous spirit feel genuine. full review

Edna Gundersen, USA Today

As one record executive put it, for too long the industry tried to make Katy Perry into something or someone else. The secret, which "Part of Me" captures quite nicely, was to just let her be. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

There's nothing new or radical in those ideals - learning to accept yourself, not taking life too seriously - but they are messages that resonate with her young fans, female and male, and that's not at all a bad thing. full review

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

"Part of Me" succeeds because it's not afraid to let its big star be vulnerable. full review

Kara Nesvig, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Part of Me" will never be mistaken for "The Red Shoes" (though Ms. Perry has some of those, as well as every other color), but her negotiation of the painfully competing demands of stardom and marriage is undeniably poignant. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

As artificial as much of the apparatus surrounding Perry may be, none of it works without her charisma at the center. That comes through in "Part of Me," as does her intense drive to succeed after early failures. full review

Jake Coyle, Associated Press
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