What's the verdict on Katy Perry's 'Part of Me'?
July 5th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

What's the verdict on Katy Perry's 'Part of Me'?

The concert documentary is a curious category, as they're often so perfectly curated you're left with the impression that you didn't get the whole story on an artist.

Such appears to be the case with Katy Perry's 3-D cotton candy-colored confection "Katy Perry: Part of Me," as critics enjoyed the performances, but were left questioning who, exactly, Perry is.

The nearly two hour film paints Perry's path from her Pentecostal upbringing to her struggles in the music business before she hit it big with 2008's inescapable single "I Kissed A Girl," and it also takes a look at the fame that followed as she set out on her extensive 2011 "California Dreams" tour.

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Of course, if you're well-versed in your Katy Perry history, you also know that it chronicles her brief marriage to Russell Brand and their eventual falling-out.

The format, writes the Hollywood Reporter in its review, is a "mix of interviews, reality TV-style behind-the-scenes footage and 3-D concert scenes," yielding a film that's "attractively, if conventionally, assembled."

And although THR thought it to be "arguably more of an adulatory artist profile than a bona fide concert doc," it believes that "Part of Me" is "still likely to surpass even Perry’s personal aspiration" to make people smile.

The Washington Post praises directorial team Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, who also produced Justin Bieber's hit concert doc "Never Say Never," for putting together a "startling success."

"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," the Post says in its review. "[F]an or not, it’s hard not to give in to Perry’s endearing charms. The filmmakers clearly want the audience to like the singer - and is that such a bad thing? She is, after all, cute as a cotton-candy-pink button."

The New York Times believes there are "several reasons" why Perry's "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 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 backstage melodrama."

As long as you understand that you're going to a version, and not the full spin, on Perry, it sounds like you can sit back and enjoy the sugary sweet experience for what it is, says USA Today in its review.

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"Does 'Part of Me' plumb the depths of her soul? Hardly," the paper says. "As billed, it's a part of Perry she's willing to share. Her skimpy outfits reveal more than this smartly crafted film, which plays up Perry's effervescent personality and colorful biography without exposing a private life she has guarded since 'I Kissed a Girl' stormed the charts in 2008. Expect a big juicy screen kiss, not a kiss-and-tell."

So do you think Perry will be able to pull off a movie hit as big as one of her singles? Are you planning on seeing "Part of Me"?

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  1. Jimmie Bookard

    Katty Perry has received numerous awards and nominations. She has also been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and was named by Billboard as 2012's Woman of the Year.She has sold 11 million albums and 75 million digital tracks worldwide.::".

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  2. Auto-Tuner

    I love it when she uses me to make her show presentable on stage

    July 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marge

    Great voice.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Who Cares

    She can't sing-in-key live and she needs to Grow Up.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Margaret

    i like Katie Perry..a little zany at times..but she has a great voice.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. hugh hefner

    Id love to stick my pipe in her poop chute

    July 9, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. hey

    this is a joke right is she like 3 years old grow up you old hag

    July 9, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
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    Was Jimmy Carter jewish?

    July 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David S. Band /Sarasota

    We are find.

    July 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Guest

    I say it depends on which part of her they're showin

    July 7, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Katie Perry Fan

    did her husband cheat on her?

    July 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alumette

    Whoa....the girl projects instability to a ridicule. Her father is a minister, that would explain the confusion and need to make money using any means available. Her act is one step from soft porn. How long will she sell it ? as long as people buy it.

    July 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    Mmmm, Katy Perry......Yum Yum.

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    "Asked for a ticket for Magic Mike because I was too embarrassed to admit that I was really going to see the Katy Perry movie."

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  21. What the...

    Is she going through a Pee Wee Herman stage? At first, I thought somebody had spiked my drink when I saw this pic. Scared the crap out of me!

    July 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
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  22. Snorlax

    Using the words "Emotional Range" in any article about Katy Perry is just wrong.

    July 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DR

      I couldnt see how any real marriage could work...being on tour 99.9% of it...(so blaming another person) because she wonted a career so badly in the spotlight...is her poor choice.....NATURALLY no matter who she married to will always get the blunt end in her movie or songs .... Poor GUY is in waiting....!!!

      July 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |

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