The film brings grace and balance to the traditional Holocaust story.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 3/4
The sort of film that has Americans adopting various European accents, not always in a convincing fashion.
Christina Ricci has top billing, but The Man Who Cried is Cate Blanchett's movie.
It all won't be enough to convince Potter's critics, but the lush images that she assembles have a fascination.
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.
A poetic look at transience, betrayal, loss and doom.
What she lacks as a dramatist, Potter ... compensates for with a painter's eye and a composer's ear.
Ricci's strong work is ultimately just support for Potter's entrancing and emotional vision.
a survivor story set against a historical background writ from the movie screen
| Original Score: B-
The whole film rings true to artful tones and positions, because Vierny sees the triumph of freedom over oppression as a kind of graceful, superlative production.
Has a good story; a lush, tantalizing style and tone; and an excellent cast.
Always interesting in a morbid and curious sort of way.
Potter's cinematic vision is what makes The Man Who Cried shimmer and levitate.
Succeeds in spite of its aura of exhibitionistic sensitivity.
While no one will mistake [it] for a masterpiece, it possesses an oddball charm that makes it almost a guilty pleasure to enjoy.
...a female filmmaker's take on how men and women are differently affected by critical historical moments.