We could not be more jazzed for Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D, but critics do not seem to share our joy. See what the olds had to say about the Princess of Pop’s new concert film below.
“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. Mr. Brand is barely on screen, and we don’t really know what happened between them, but the intrusion of grown-up problems into a fairy-tale world turns the movie into something deeper than it might otherwise have been. By the time the sequel arrives, Katy Perryness may have a whole new meaning.” – NY Times
“Aside from its take on Katy Perry’s split with husband Russell Brand (it blames her schedule, but mostly him), this concert doc’s most interesting aspect is the way in which the pop star’s image as a human anime character imperfectly lines up with her various past incarnations. Chronicling her California Dreams Tour, Part of Me relentlessly pushes Perry as both cartoonish and family-friendly, then piles on footage of teens singing along to her breakout ode to bisexual experimentation, “I Kissed a Girl”—a reminder that her current public identity is a well-honed, trial-and-error construction. The 3-D performance footage is impressively lavish, though the film’s unending idolization of the amiable singer will quickly exhaust all but the most devoted fans.” – Time Out
“However muddled its portrait, Part of Me succeeds in illuminating Perry’s good nature. But it never recovers from its almost hypocritical mixed messages, which laud a deep and pioneering artiste in one instant, and showcase a banality-spouting, walking pixie stick in the next. Who’s this pop-music sage everyone keeps talking about? Surely it isn’t the gal in the blue wig and the candy-button dress. Lively and infectious, the musical end of Part of Me is easily its sugary jewel, but in relation to the rockumentary aspect, it feels like a phantom limb.” – Slant
“‘My goal is super-simple,’ Perry coyly insists, even as she helms an exceedingly complex, back-breaking tour around the globe. ‘It’s just to make people smile.’ Mission accomplished. Perry may be the world’s most high-profile tease, but she sure knows how to show us a good time.” – NYDN
“A mix of interviews, reality TV-style behind-the-scenes footage and 3D concert scenes, the movie is attractively, if conventionally, assembled. The live performances in particular feature an energized sheen sometimes missing from Perry’s music videos featuring the very same songs. Although arguably more of an adulatory artist profile than a bona fide concert doc, the movie is still likely to surpass even Perry’s personal aspiration — ‘My goal is simple: to make people smile.’” – THR