• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bette Gordon
    In Theaters:
    Apr 16, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 28, 2010
  • Screen Media Ventures


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Handsome Harry Reviews

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Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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"We became men together," one character says."It must count for something." Unfortunately, Gordon asks that notion to count for everything without adding much to the conversation.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2010
Eric Hynes
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Gordon and Proferes detail their protagonist with authentically complex fleshtones, but splash on each new revealing coat with a jarring lack of finesse.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2010
Cole Smithey

Even with its forced dialogue and dramatically artificial set pieces, "Handsome Harry" has a certain integrity--thanks primarily to Jamey Sheridan's committed performance--that keeps you involved.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

April 17, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Each of its miserable characters, especially Mr. Savage's Rheems, is a case study in a film that hits you like a strident polemical essay.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 16, 2010
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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Handsome Harry is a small film with more to say than its creaky exposition and formulaic plot would suggest. Frustration is perhaps the more appropriate critical response.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2010
Alonso Duralde
Queer Sighted

Gay audiences -- and probably straight ones -- will see the twists coming from a mile away, but a cast this strong makes the trip worth taking anyway.

Full Review Source: Queer Sighted | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 16, 2010
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

A unique story of love and regret...Exquisitely acted by an exceptional cast.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B+

April 16, 2010
Prairie Miller

Despite superb performances, the film feels like an unconvincing, self-conscious narrative agenda created to scold just about everyone on and off screen for bad behavior. Along with a nearly anthropological indictment of the heterosexual male species.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 3, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The story quietly builds to a rueful and fraught climax in which Campbell Scott does his usual exceptional work, while Harry absorbs some hard lessons.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Wonderful performances abound.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 22, 2009
Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly
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In Gordon's films, eros' capacity to disturb and disrupt is celebrated as its greatest quality.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 15, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...works best as an actor's showcase...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

I don't think Clint Eastwood would cast himself as a gay man, but it's easy to imagine an alternate movie universe in which Eastwood not only plays the title role but is the director of this earnest yet unstrident drama...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2010
Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
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Sheridan (who also produced) is well cast as the good-looking, rugged Harry, and his performance is certainly adequate.

July 7, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

Director Bette Gordon presents the actors' sensitivity with tactful insight and appreciation reminiscent of Katherine Dieckmann's very fine Diggers.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 14, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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With Handsome Harry, the widely respected independent filmmaker Bette Gordon has hit a bull's eye.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 14, 2010
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Gordon's way with actors and with screen storytelling is as impeccable as ever.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

While it jumps the rails at a couple of different points dramatically, Handsome Harry keeps winning you back because of Jamey Sheridan's performance.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

April 16, 2010
David Noh
Film Journal International

Bette Gordon's film is that rarity these days, an American film which deals with mature characters facing life and the choices they've made, possessed of uncommon intelligence and subtlety.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 16, 2010
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