The Public Image is Rotten (2018)


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After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), formed Public Image Ltd (Pil) - his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality.

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The Public Image Is Rotten is a documentary that serves its potential audience well.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Diehard fans may enjoy The Public Image is Rotten, but there's not a lot here that they-or even adventurous newbies-can't get more of elsewhere.

Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even if you've scratched your head over Mr. Lydon's TV ad work and other efforts to maintain a professional life in recent years, this affectionate and frank movie can elicit newfound admiration for a slightly mellowed iconoclast.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

[The Public Image is Rotten] makes one wonder: Does anyone still care?

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

This documentary, directed by Tabbert Fiiller... features the good fun of Lydon's raconteur rants and his willingness to always up-end expectations.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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