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The Man Who Cried (2000)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 45

The storyline is overwrought and awkward, and the audience is distanced from the flatly drawn characters.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 17

The storyline is overwrought and awkward, and the audience is distanced from the flatly drawn characters.



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In this historical drama with music, a gifted singer (Oleg Yankovsky) from a Jewish village in Russia travels to the United States in 1927, leaving behind his young daughter Fegele (Claudia Lander-Duke). Father has promised his family that he'll send for Fegele as soon as he can, but authorities make life hard for the Jewish population, and Fegele is forced to flee with relatives to England. Fegele is adopted by a British family, which renames her Suzie and raises her with little acknowledgement


Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts

Sally Potter

Oct 3, 2006

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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (45) | DVD (7)

I prefer to think of this movie as The Critic Who Cried.

July 20, 2001
Washington Post
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Potter eschews drama for posing, politics for postulating, and provides enough symbolic broad strokes to gag a magic realist.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's as though we're being dared not to take the movie seriously, although nothing but the pre-Holocaust setting compels you to do so.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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There's only one performer in the movie who looks completely at ease with what he's doing: the horse.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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If [Potter] personally, in her 40s, can go to Argentina and become a tango dancer, then we can't complain about anything that happens to Suzie. Not that we'd want to.

June 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film brings grace and balance to the traditional Holocaust story.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Man Who Cried hits all the wrong notes right from the get-go and never relents.

March 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Potter, unlike most, doesn't batter you with what she wants you to feel. As the lyrics of a song, this film is poetry. I suspect it will linger with me long after its details would normally fade. Beautiful.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

"The Man Who Cried" should be approached as a classic silent film where the movement and emotion tell the story, with dialogue being used sparingly.

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

A grand looking film always giving one hope it will come up with something sweeping to say...

February 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ricci ... can't hold audience interest for more than about five minutes, especially when she's stuck with material as superficial and slow-moving as this period drama.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A sprawling affair, filled with bad accents ... tired cliches about studly horsemen and young girls' sexual awakenings, and really bad lip-syncing to Italian opera.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

There's hardly a moment that feels authentic. Maybe that's why the man is crying.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

There isn't too much happening, other than a lot of lip-synching.

July 22, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

The beginning is a cheat, the ending an absurdity, and virtually everything in between an inanity.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Paired, [Ricci and Depp] stare the film down, right down into the ground.

July 19, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

So campy and overripe that it verges on parody.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The sort of film that has Americans adopting various European accents, not always in a convincing fashion.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Christina Ricci has top billing, but The Man Who Cried is Cate Blanchett's movie.

July 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It all won't be enough to convince Potter's critics, but the lush images that she assembles have a fascination.

July 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

It's as dull as dry dirt.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Cried

This is a fairly basic Nazis = bad film. There's not much in the way of political acumen, and the characters and their storylines never escape from basic types. The acting is good until the characters begin the worst lip synching in film history. Potter's dialogue is fairly stilted, but the art direction and cinematography is good.
As a whole, the film needed to escape cliche and take greater advantage of its cast, all of whom are capable of strong, nuanced performances.
September 6, 2010
Jim Hunter

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Ricci turns in a really good performance.
May 16, 2007

Super Reviewer

The actors in this film constantly look as if they're befuddled, doing their best to interpret Sally Potter's obtuse writing and directing style.
September 25, 2011
Brett Warren

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