The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park – until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire.
Michael Showalter
Jessica ChastainAndrew GarfieldCherry Jones
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ZipperReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Doesn’t fulfill its promise
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It’s a very pretty film with enough talent and intention to not be the Lifetime biography it could be….but I’m not sure it’s really good enough in the end to even be a low budget too many years in 90 minutes reference book entry. It refuses to edit the data it has to get through, it takes creative liberty with that data in a way that makes Tammy more suspect/less likable, and it tells the story of the men around Tammy rather than giving Tammy a subjective voice. Tammy’s faith, convictions, and way of understanding the world are presented as insanity. I think the intention behind the film was to highlight a historic personality from the era of moral majority whose story enriched and complicated the general national memory of that moment. And in the first 20 minutes you have a sense of an authentic experience of faith, a tradition, and a young woman trying to see herself among it. But enter Jerry and the story becomes a woman too stupid to know better or make thoughtful deliberate rational choices. The career of a traveling preacher becomes snake oil simpletons mismanaging money that just keeps arriving to them without any reason or intention or people behind it. The tv show chapter of the film is structured as a Hollywood star biopic with a queer husband who doesn’t want to touch his powerful effective lonely wife…who then has an affair and turns to pills and abandons the babies she wanted as she seeks validation from her old school mom. No one can reach her with love. You don’t end up sorry for Tammy on the other side of this. She didn’t fail but have great promise. She was delusional that she had promise…and yet was Grammy level talent? It’s convoluted and slow and you aren’t sure if, as the film is framing Tammy as an ally, Jim is a victim of society she stands by or a con man. 30 mins of old videos on YouTube and you can see Tammy was a woman worth telling stories about. A woman who was part of the birth of tv/ cable, whose performance style is a peek into how tv was understood once. A woman whose relationship with the public, as a minister, was a way of living honestly but not entirely seen. Telling that story means giving her the stage and making edits and thinking honestly about how people live with/experience media. I wish playing moral majority dress up hadn’t taken over a serious character study worth of being the fictional partner to the documentary by the same name :) that does find Tammy herself. Not worth the purchase price. Wait and rent it…so you mind less when you turn it off before it finishes.
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Terresa AndersonReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This film opened my heart and mind...
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This film opened my heart and mind to who Tammy really was beneath the outlandish make-up. I made so much fun of Tammy's appearance over the years. It never occurred to me that there was a truly kind and loving person hidden below the surface.

This movie showed the love in Tammy's heart for all human beings. My own heart felt full as Tammy tried to teach her fellow man that God loves them, right now, just as they are.

As I watched this movie, especially towards the end, I cried for a person I once made fun of. My heart ached for Tammy and what she went through.

I hope to be a better person from here on out.
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JENNIFER ODONALDReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wanted to see this because I went to an Evangelical school and liked Rupaul's documentary.
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I know not many people may remember this from the 80s, or grew up in this church environment, so may not get it. After having lived through the 80s Evangelical heyday, Tammy Faye was SO ahead of her time!

Loving gay people!? Suggesting the church stay out of politics!?
Demanding she be able to work on their show the same way Jim did and not stay home all the time after having her baby!? She was 25, 30 years ahead.
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danceswithmothsReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I'm a big fan of Jessica Chastain but this movie seemed more like a parody. So very overacted and absurd. I could have just turned on SNL and watched a poorly written skit and saved my money.
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jmb64Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Movie
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I didn't realize how much Jim took advantage of Tammy Faye until after watch this movie.

My heart truly goes out to HER for hanging in there with such a toxic man.

Her mother? Amazing she got through life with such a condescending, bit.

Long Story short, great movie!
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April S.Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a classic movie about enabling abusers.
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Growing up in the conservative Evangelical church/college/ministry career of the Midwest and South, the nostalgia of this movie made my skin crawl. So many Christians are raised to be programmable because you are taught you are inherently bad. You don't trust yourself, which makes you easily abusable. So Tammy, like many of us, learned to shut off common sense, suppress, minimize, spiritually-bypass how leaders/family abused us. It's amazing how rampant narcissistic behavior is among the "super godly" in the church. And how you are brainwashed to enable them. The culture breeds co-dependency. Going to a professional therapist was frowned upon. I was fortunate to be self-aware enough to walk away from that toxic culture and heal from the trauma. To forgive myself for enabling a toxic environment. And I do appreciate the moments I experienced love, grace, and acceptance during that time. However now it is my lifestyle, along with healthy boundaries. I hope Tammy experienced some healing in the end.
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Dfrost7Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you're familiar with the Bakkers, it's an excellent watch
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Superb cast. The depictions were fair, I believe. This was a time when Christianity became a part of a pop culture. Tammy Faye is given w well balanced characterization. I stayed away from watching the show, in those days, because it made me uncomfortable, as a Christian, but I could see, in later years, Tammy Faye's heart for loving people, and representing God's love to all. The movie deals with the human-nature of the Bakkers, in action and excess, as well as the motivations of other players who moved the mix of politics with the church. This is a fair account of that un-holy pairing, for anyone who wonders where the headwaters are. It's about Tammy Faye. My favorite scene is the young guys mocking her at the apartment, and she tells them, it's ok, buy you need to meet me first. Classic Tammy Faye. May she rest in peace.
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Stinky GregReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This was not all what I thought it would be. While I understand that Jim and Tammy Fay Baker were con people who swindled massive numbers of people by playing on their faith that isn't the main focus of this movie. In my opinion the main goal of this movie was to make fun of Christianity and those people of faith who fell pray to this type of swindlers. The people who fall pray to this sort of thing do so because of their faith in God and their desire to do the right thing in helping others. Shame on this movie (and those who made it) for failing to see beyond the clown like depiction of Jim and Tammy Fay those chose to depict and failing to recognize the larger issue at play in these situations.
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