Kyle 🏳️⚧️ Tamburrino’s review published on Letterboxd:
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is one of the worst things, and hardest things, I have ever watched. It is full of the worst and most terrible scumbags ever, and glorified them because they “make good TV”. Not only were the subjects of the documentary terrible, but so were the people involved with making it. They got so wrapped up in filming everything they saw that they stood by and watched and became part of the disgusting madness that unfolded throughout the entire show. While that did make the documentation feel impressive and thorough, it just hurt me to see that active participation in this terrible lifestyle. Every single person involved with running these “zoos” deserves to rot in prison, and the documentary spends time trying to get the audience to almost sympathize with these terrible people. The animal abuse shown throughout the film was horrific to watch, and I can’t believe that the documenters stood by and watched it all happen. Sure, it was captivating in the sense that a car wreck is captivating. It highlighted the worst of humankind and had no insight into any of the situations or causes that were present throughout the documentary. I’ve never hated people more than Joe Exotic, Doc Bhagavan Antle, Jeff Lowe and anyone else who manipulated the underprivileged people and abused animals that were highlighted throughout the course of the documentary. That being said, I still enjoyed watching it, solely for the meme of its existence. Making fun of it with friends and laughing at the sheer madness of everything in the documentary was fun, even if it the subjects and filmmakers are terrible people.