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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 70
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Exotic and thoughtful. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Margaret Brown's documentary is actually an examination of the racial divide in a city that claims there is none. show more

  • 90
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    Smartly edited, utterly engrossing, and as intelligent an examination of American race relations as I've seen. show more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle

    "They have their Mardi Gras; we have ours," the explanation goes on both sides, but everyone seems to realize it's just a rationalization aimed at covering over Mobile's docile perpetuation of segregation. show more

  • 90
    Los Angeles Times

    An invaluable portrait of us-and-them America, a smart, generous, poignant, quietly disturbing movie about secrecy and hospitality, and how easy it is for a tradition of separateness to flourish when the stakes are as deceptively frivolous as an eye-popping yearly party. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Eschewing voice-over or any obvious trace of an on-screen or off-screen presence, she (Brown) lets her images, a little text and other people do the talking for her. Her quiet has its own force. show more

  • 80
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    Brown explores a potentially enraging subject--rigidly upheld racial segregation in the country's oldest Mardi Gras celebration, in Mobile, Alabama--but her touch is so unforced and her gaze so open that no one is bruised. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Moving and surprising documentary. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Quietly shocking, The Order of Myths is a deft, engrossing cross-section of Mobile life, heavy on local color and insight. show more

  • 70
    Washington Post

    Gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts. show more

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