Gaga: Five Foot Two

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Gaga: Five Foot Two
Directed by Chris Moukarbel[1]
Produced by
Starring Lady Gaga
Cinematography Chris Moukarbel
Edited by Greg Arata
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08) (TIFF)
  • September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22) (Worldwide)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Gaga: Five Foot Two is a 2017 documentary film about American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga. It documents the events around the production and release of Gaga's fifth studio album, Joanne, and her halftime performance at Super Bowl LI.[2] The film, directed by visual artist and documentarian Chris Moukarbel, made its debut at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before having a worldwide streaming release on Netflix on September 22, 2017.[3][4][5] It was also shown during Gaga's Joanne World Tour European Leg before each of her shows.[6]


According to Netflix, Gaga: Five Foot Two is of cinéma vérité style, as to give viewers "unfiltered, behind-the-scenes access" to a year in the life of Gaga,[5] during which they cover the production and release of her fifth studio album, Joanne. Many events are covered including her experiences with her entourage, her encounters with fans and her struggle with chronic pain caused by the onset of fibromyalgia.[7][8][9] The film also offers an extensive look at the creation and execution of her critically lauded Super Bowl LI halftime performance, in addition to a variety of other topics and events, including her home life, the filming of her guest role as the character Scáthach on American Horror Story: Roanoke, and a discussion about her feud with singer Madonna,[10] among other things.[7][8]


Critical reception[edit]

Gaga: Five Foot Two has received generally favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 74%, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Gaga: Five Foot Two offers an absorbing glimpse of its superstar subject's backstage life, albeit one weakened by inconsistent focus and a dearth of performance footage."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

Film critic Owen Gleiberman reviewed the documentary for Variety saying that "Gaga radiates a potent energy — she's intensely funny and aware", and compared it to other musical documentaries like Madonna: Truth or Dare (1990). He commended Moukarbel's direction saying that he was able to "mix things up", showcasing Gaga's meltdowns as well as her camaraderie with fans.[13] Leslie Helperin from The Hollywood Reporter complimented the scenes in the documentary like Gaga playing "Joanne" for her grandmother but found that despite all the jarring camerawork, the singer was more focused and scripted about her appearance. Helperin was positive about the technicalities of the film, saying "package is assembled with competence and style, with graceful editing by Greg Arata helping to create a strong sense of story and continuity. Moukarbel and his sound editors frequently use swelling soundtrack choices and a flurry of fast edits to suggest the frenzy of Gaga's life."[14]


Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018 Best Music Documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two Won


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  2. ^ Moniuszko, Sara M (August 24, 2017). "Lady Gaga is teasing a new Netflix documentary and it looks... intense". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ Quinn, Dace (August 24, 2017). "Lady Gaga Sobs 'I'm Alone' in Mysterious New Preview for Her Five Foot Two Documentary". People. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 24, 2017). "Toronto: Lady Gaga to Perform as Netflix Doc 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' Bows". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Gaga: Five Foot Two". Netflix. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ @ladygaga (January 16, 2018). "I've decided to play the documentary made about me every night before the show. If you get there early it will be on. Tonight starts at 7pm Barcelona time!" (Tweet). Retrieved March 26, 2018 – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ a b Lawrence, Derek (September 6, 2017). "Lady Gaga gives peek behind the curtain in trailer for Netflix documentary". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Raymos, Dino-Ray (September 6, 2017). "'Gaga: Five Foot Two' Trailer: Lady Gaga Shops At Wal-Mart, Rocks The Super Bowl In Netflix Docu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ @ladygaga (September 12, 2017). "In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it" (Tweet). Retrieved March 26, 2018 – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ de Santis, Carlo (August 24, 2017). "'The only thing that bothers me about her is...': Lady Gaga addresses her famous feud with Madonna in teaser for new documentary Five Foot Two". Daily Mail. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 5, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Gaga: Five Foot Two Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  13. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (September 9, 2017). "Toronto Film Review: 'Gaga: Five Foot Two'". Variety. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  14. ^ Felperin, Leslie (September 9, 2017). "'Gaga: Five Foot Two': Film Review | TIFF 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 

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