The Boys in the Band Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 5, 2009
The original queer tragicomedy
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 29, 2009
The characters' pathos and self-loathing were deplorable even in 1970, but the it is significant historically as one of Hollywood's first explicitly gay movies and an early work of Billy Friedkin just before making the Oscar-winner French Connection.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 12, 2008
These are not the type of gay boys that you would like to take home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
November 29, 2008
A movie that needs to finally be acknowledged -- unsullied -- for the groundbreaking status that it deserves.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
November 10, 2008
The sizzle of the bon mot%u2013tossing ensemble, intact from the stage original, is bracing and fuels the film's momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 13, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
August 26, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 18, 2006
a breakthrough film in the gay film genre; but dated by today's standards
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 26, 2005
lively, edgy, groundbreaking
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 2, 2003
Groundbreaking, yet entertaining too.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
Powerful, painful, and blessed with endlessly quotable dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005

Film4
May 24, 2003
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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