The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye Bakker, Rupaul

Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
July 23, 2000

The Eyes of Tammy Faye concerns another magnetic personality: Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, a tabloid diva with more character twists than a fiction writer could ever devise. Lucky for Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the directors of this documentary, Tammy Faye already exists. RuPaul narrates this trip through the soap-opera life of the beleaguered televangelist — the mascara, the bad marriages, the scandals. The media skewered Tammy Faye so much, she claims that by comparison "O.J. Simpson was nothing." Still, the filmmakers feel too affectionate toward their subject — Tammy Faye was among the first televangelists to support men with AIDS — to do more than skim the surface. Eyes sees what it wants to see, but it's a riveting glimpse.

Movie Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories


    Mariah Carey | 1995

    Serendipity stuck when Mariah Carey rediscovered the glitchy Tom Tom Club hook, a sample of which is the heart of this upbeat slice of dance pop. "I had the melody idea for 'Fantasy' and I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love,' and I hadn't heard it in a long time," Carey said. "It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for 'Fantasy.' I initially told [co-writer] Dave Hall about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it."

    More Song Stories entries »