Kim Kardashian doc dubbed 'garish and gross' in scathing review

Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project documentary branded ‘garish,’ ‘gross’ and an ‘unpleasant spectacle’ in scathing first review… after star called it her ‘most important work’

  • Kim Kardashian is set to debut her new crime documentary Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project on Oxygen April 5
  • The first review of the doc from Variety was scathing calling it ‘an unpleasant spectacle’
  •  While promoting the project earlier this week Kim called it the ‘most important work’ she has ever done in her life
  • Kim is studying to become a lawyer through alternative path known as ‘reading the law’, which allows students to take the test by apprenticing through a practicing lawyer or judge

Reviews are just starting to trickle in for Kim Kardashian’s new crime documentary and the first panned the reality star’s attempts to pivot her image, calling the work ‘garish and gross.’ 

Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project is the star’s upcoming two-hour documentary, debuting on Oxygen Network, which will focus on her quest for criminal justice reform.  

The 39-year-old’s passion project appeared to shed a light more on her than on wide ranging, complicated and important topic of justice reform, according to a scathing review from Variety. So far, the outlet is the only to review the mogul’s latest endeavor.

Reviews are in: Kim Kardashian’s new crime documentary The Justice Project was panned by one critic who critiqued the reality star’s attempts to pivot her image, calling the work ‘garish and  gross,’  in a piece published Friday by Variety (Pictured in January during a TCA event for the documentary)

‘I just saw something that seemed really unfair to me, and I thought that I had a voice,’ Kim tells a group of inmates in the doc.  

The review calls the film an ‘unpleasant spectacle,’ pointing out that her focus tends to be on ‘telegenic and unthreatening cases, rather than… reform.’

The good of Kim’s work in petitioning President Trump to grant clemency to non-violent offender Alice Johnson, the case which seemed to first spark the moguls fire for justice, seems irrefutable – particularly from Johnson’s perspective.

However, the reviewer penned ‘there’s something grim and too obvious by half about shots of her calling Alice Johnson, to tell her that Trump has granted clemency, in full glam on the set of a photoshoot.’

The work: Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project is the star’s upcoming two-hour documentary, debuting on Oxygen Network, and will focus on her quest for justice reform

The review calls the film an ‘unpleasant spectacle,’ pointing out that her focus tends to be on ‘telegenic and unthreatening cases, rather than… reform.’

Additionally, Variety noted that the E! star’s access to the Oval Office is likely a fluke of circumstance as this particular U.S. President was too a reality star first.

‘In any other historical moment, Kardashian West would not have the president’s ear, it’s obviously not sustainable to alleviate the mass crowding of America’s prisons solely by appealing for clemency for specific prisoners,’ the reviewer said. 

In another barbed line, the author penned: ‘[There’s] something garish and gross about a star personalizing an important cause by asking vulnerable people to open a vein on-camera and then never bothering to get back to the cause itself.’ 

This week Kardashian has been doing press for the project via video chats while on lockdown due to the coronavirus. 

In another barbed line, the author penned: ‘[There’s] something garish and gross about a star personalizing an important cause by asking vulnerable people to open a vein on-camera and then never bothering to get back to the cause itself.’

Harsh words: The review pointed out that while Kim’s efforts to petition President Trump to grant clemency to Alice Johnson were worthy, she’s unlikely to get the personal ear of any other president during any other time 

‘Well honestly, this is the most important work that I’ve ever done,’ the KKW Beauty founder told CBS’s Gayle King. ‘So, I can’t wait for you guys to see it.’ 

In addition to The Justice Project, Kim has been in the midst of a four year legal apprenticeship with a local law firm to become a real lawyer like dad Robert Kardashian. 

Though Kim is not attending law school, she is eligible to take the bar exam through an alternative path known as ‘reading the law’, which allows students to take the test by apprenticing through a practicing lawyer or judge. 

Kim’s personal quest for justice reform came about, in part, from becoming a mom, she recently told Grazia. 

‘Well honestly, this is the most important work that I’ve ever done,’ the KKW Beauty founder told CBS’s Gayle King this week while doing press for the doc. ‘So, I can’t wait for you guys to see it.’

‘I don’t know if this journey would have happened for me before I was a mom. I will do what I can to help keep on shouting the stories of these people I’ve met.’

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star said she was ‘prideful’ that she could set an example for her children through her work and that a ‘big part’ of life should be giving back.

She said: ‘Life becomes a little bit less about you than it used to be. So I love showing them that message: that they can really be in a business to help people, and that should be a big part of their lives.’

Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project airs Sunday April 5 on Oxygen Network. 

See for yourself: Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project airs Sunday April 5 on Oxygen Network

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