Sep 17 2021
Duration 126 mins
Jessica Chastain stars as flamboyant televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in this humanizing portrait of the rise and fall of the Bakker network empire. Based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is also a tender exploration of Tammy Faye’s personal faith, which often put her at odds with the evangelist boys club and with the incipient merging of religion with conservative politics in the 1980s. Buttressed by strong performances from Garfield as Jim, whose soft-spokenness belied laser-focused ambition, and Vincent D’Onofrio in a supporting role as an imposing Jerry Falwell Sr., Chastain puts both Tammy Faye’s flawed complicity and her resilience — she was always made-up and ready for a second act — on dramatic display here.