‘JT LeRoy’ review: A compelling look at modern hoax culture

Who doesn’t love a good imposter story?

From the 1983 Gérard Depardieu drama “The Return of Martin Guerre” to Melissa McCarthy’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” to the Elizabeth Holmes saga of the HBO documentary “The Inventor,” identity charlatans have always been juicy subject matter.

The JT LeRoy literary hoax was one for the ages: In the late ’90s and early aughts, two women collectively masqueraded as an author whose grimly poetic descriptions of abuse and prostitution made “him” a darling of celebs, such as Winona Ryder and Courtney Love (the latter gamely pops in for a cameo).

“JT LeRoy” is based on a book by Savannah Knoop, the face of JT for six years before a journalist outed her. Knoop is played...

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Apr 25th 2019
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Sara Stewart
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