The Crying Game Reviews

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Top Critic
Thom Anderson
Chicago Reader
March 9, 2015
The battle of the sexes has been transformed into a war between women and gay men, with straight men as bemused spectators and prudent judges.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 9, 2015
The movie is at its stunning best as it comes to terms with the impact of its own most devious surprise... Still, at a certain point, it reverts to formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
April 1, 2015
Powerful drama has mature sexual themes, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
March 9, 2015
Its components are built upon deception and forgiveness, misconnections and misunderstandings, sexual jealousy and moral ambivalence, trust and loyalty, desperation and loneliness. It is also, not incidentally, a crackling good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 9, 2015
Erratic but forcefully acted.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
March 9, 2015
[An] exhilarating whirlwind of a drama.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Reasons remain to watch this movie: the development of Fergus and the fine performances, most notably Whitaker and Richardson, who plays her character with just the right number of screws loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
If you're waiting for something explosive to happen, that may be the case, but if you're absorbing the meticulous and subtle character interaction, the pacing is perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
March 9, 2015
It's a beguiling, eccentric blend of romantic drama and political thriller, and at its centre is a charismatic performance from Stephen Rea.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
June 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
Not as great as all that, but certainly engaging enough.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Don't read any more reviews. This is a tough film to review without revealing any of the plot twists. Word is going to get around soon about this film. See it first. And don't tell anyone else either.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
November 11, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
August 2, 2006
A finely-acted, sensitively-written tale of an IRA gunman finding some sort of redemption in the arms of a British soldier's lover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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