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Cruising Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What we're left with is a movie without the courage to declare itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2014
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 9, 2014

People Magazine

Appropriately framed by opening and closing shots of a garbage scow, Cruising is trash.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 9, 2014
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

While the savagery of the murders and the explicitness of the sexual practices on display are initially unsettling, they soon become numbing and, ultimately, yawn-inducing.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2014

Total Film

Cruising is no lost classic, but the critical shoeing doesn't square with Friedkin's intelligence and steady, sparse technique.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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What's left is the framework for a graphic, brutal, sickening film, without the violent effects that might have made sense (however illegitimate) out of the conception.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 9, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Viewers are spared nothing as Steve Burns undergoes degrading brutality after brutality; virtually nobody is portrayed sympathetically.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 0/4

June 9, 2014
Simon Miraudo

What an odd relic of the 1980s Cruising is. Controversial enough at the time to derail director William Friedkin's career, thirty years later it's considered totally benign when a Disney star films a reconstruction of its X-rated scenes.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2013
Rob Gonsalves

Is it possible that Cruising is everything its detractors and defenders say it is?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2010
Brian Holcomb

Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance.

Full Review Source: Kinetofilm | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2009
Variety Staff
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Taking away the kissing, caressing and a few bloody killings, Friedkin has no story, though picture pretends to be a murder mystery combined with a study of Al Pacino's psychological degradation.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Christopher Null

still unsettling even after far more explicit fare has been produced in recent years

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 20, 2007
Cole Smithey

A lot of upcoming filmmakers saw "Cruising" and took notes, because the movie became the prototype for every serial killer movie to follow (see "Se7en," "Basic Instinct" etc.).

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

September 22, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The film comes off as little more than a sensationalized exploitation flick.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 3/10

September 21, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Was it insensitive to make this film when it stood to represent the gay subculture to mainstream America? Yes. Is it a great film? No. But it is a fascinating relic.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 72/100

September 20, 2007
Brian Juergens

Is it offensive? Yes and no. It's insensitive, certainly. And I wouldn't want my mother watching it, lest she think I've been in a sling in the meatpacking district for most of my adult life.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

September 18, 2007
KJ Doughton
Film Threat

The movie merits viewing consideration.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Its gamy images inside the leather and S&M gay bars along the Greenwich Village waterfront are both busy and dark.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Cruising can now be ranked among Friedkin's very best films.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

September 6, 2007
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Cruising' views better today than in 1980, but that is relative. There remain bothersome errors in consistency and judgment.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 6, 2007
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