The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye


    From the 1960's to the 1980's, evangelist Jim Baker and his ambitious wife, Tammy Faye, rose from humble beginnings to to build an empire based on big-time evangelical Christianity--only for the couple to fall from grace because of some all-too-human sins.

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    • Jessica ChastainTammy Faye Bakker
    • Andrew GarfieldJim Bakker
    • Cherry JonesRachel Grover
    • Vincent D'OnofrioJerry Falwell
    • Mark WystrachGary Paxton
    • Sam JaegerRoe Messner
    • Louis CancelmiRichard Fletcher
    • Gabriel OldsPat Robertson
    • Fredric LehneFred Grover
    • Chandler HeadLittle Tammy Faye


    • 88

      USA Today

      Entertaining and surprisingly funny given the subject matter, the movie’s also an exquisitely acted affair paced by Chastain (who also produces), turning in a career-best effort as the complex Tammy Faye.
    • 75

      Entertainment Weekly

      Comes drawn in bold, broad strokes — a fond treatment of a flawed but fascinating American icon whose revelations feel mostly cosmetic in the end.
    • 75

      The A.V. Club

      If Showalter resists a cartoon takedown of Tammy Faye Bakker, he also hasn’t made a very deep look at her life, either.
    • 70


      That blend of tones is not always smoothly handled, but there’s enough heart in its express train of ambition, flaws and fallout to allow its leading lady wide berth for a wonderfully committed, soulful, even sexual turn admirably devoid of caricature.
    • 70


      Chastain and Garfield give performances that are brashly entertaining but also canny and layered, as the characters get caught up in something far bigger than themselves. The Bakkers were hucksters of a grand order, and the film uses their spectacular greedhead soap opera to tell the larger American story of how Christianity got turned into showbiz.
    • 60

      The Guardian

      The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s focus might be all over the place, but our eyes remain trained directly on Chastain.
    • 58


      For better or worse, we’re on Tammy Faye’s side, but the film often embraces the worst bits of a complicated story in order to make Tammy Faye look better. Why not make her look more real, makeup and all? Chastain is always able to find that humanity, but The Eyes of Tammy Faye too often turns its attention to the wrong places.
    • 50

      The Playlist

      Despite the oh gee golly wiz Midwestern yokel-isms and the aforementioned cartoonish makeup she wears—historically accurate, yes, but still bordering on the ludicrous in reality— Chastain manages to bring such dignity to the character, really plumbing the depths of her soul for the moments of pathos, heartbreak, and despair. Much of this comes to an incredible crescendo in the third act, when Tammy Faye is tragic, washed-up, but never willing to give up or radiate compassion, even when she’s being mocked.

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