What we're left with is a movie without the courage to declare itself.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone.
Appropriately framed by opening and closing shots of a garbage scow, Cruising is trash.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Cruising is no lost classic, but the critical shoeing doesn't square with Friedkin's intelligence and steady, sparse technique.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Viewers are spared nothing as Steve Burns undergoes degrading brutality after brutality; virtually nobody is portrayed sympathetically.
| Original Score: 0/4
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.
Is it possible that Cruising is everything its detractors and defenders say it is?
Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
still unsettling even after far more explicit fare has been produced in recent years
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.).
| Original Score: B+
The film comes off as little more than a sensationalized exploitation flick.
| Original Score: 3/10
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.
| Original Score: 72/100
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
The movie merits viewing consideration.
Its gamy images inside the leather and S&M gay bars along the Greenwich Village waterfront are both busy and dark.
Cruising can now be ranked among Friedkin's very best films.
| Original Score: 4/4
'Cruising' views better today than in 1980, but that is relative. There remain bothersome errors in consistency and judgment.