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No Ordinary Man Reviews

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August 14, 2021
Directors Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt repair some of the damage caused by media misrepresentation, and reframe the life and legacy of American jazz musician and trans icon Billy Tipton
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2021 may leave feeling like Billy Tipton still hasn't been fully appreciated for who he was, and what he really cared about.
July 26, 2021
There's one big problem about "No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary": It's not really about Billy Tipton.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 23, 2021
I think what this movie does really well is figure out how to look at the past through our present lens without disregarding or dishonoring the past.
July 22, 2021
Strikingly well shot and edited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 22, 2021
This is a compelling, often profound film, one that creatively surmounts its inherent limitations and shines a vital and heartfelt light on being transgender.
July 22, 2021
Billy's saga is thus the foundation for No Ordinary Man's grander, nuanced investigation of the historical and contemporary plight of trans men and women...
July 22, 2021
... No Ordinary Man may just provide the encouragement for others to leave the shadows and step into the light. This may seem like a startling and surprising legacy at first, but that's the reclaimed story of Billy Tipton and what he inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2021
"No Ordinary Man" challenges the very basis of cultural production, eschewing the familiar accumulation of biographical and historical information and instead questioning the process by which such information is gathered.
July 16, 2021
A fascinating deconstruction of history, culture, and identity, No Ordinary Man raises so many crucial questions - and answers them so thoughtfully - that it moves beyond entertainment into the realm of essential text.
July 16, 2021
[The filmmakers] use traditional modes of storytelling to handle revolutionary content.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2021
...this riveting and decidedly trans-positive documentary from co-directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt has the power and the depth to deserve a place in the queer canon
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 15, 2021
This is a respectful tribute that is a shade too morally and cinematically safe in its execution.
May 1, 2021
Knowing how much transgender people still have to struggle to be recognized, we can also take joy in hearing their voices made central to this story, and having Tipton's story be told, finally, as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2021
Directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt present a remarkably nuanced and sympathetic portrait of Tipton's life through a fascinating lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 22, 2020
What's most interesting about the doc is how it navigates transmasculine history and weaves the stories of others into Tipton's story.
December 21, 2020
Combined with the typical style of a biographical documentary is the cool flair of also showing the auditions for actors to play Billy Tipton. Very interesting wrinkle. Adds depth and perspective to the already very touching story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2020
An outstanding examination of a fascinating story, that of 20th century trans musician Billy Tipton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 27, 2020
No Ordinary Man is a beautiful tribute to an icon of trans lore and a damning indictment on the shameful media coverage after his death.
October 21, 2020
Trans-positive filmmaking is still disappointingly rare, but it's heartening to see its burgeoning efforts be this strong, vibrant, and celebratory.
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