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Myra Breckinridge (1970)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Gore Vidal's best-selling satiric novel gets an inarguably unique screen treatment in this off-center psycho-sexual farce. Fussy film buff Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) goes to Europe and gets a sex-change operation from a slovenly chain-smoking doctor (John Carradine) and returns to the United States as the glamorous and willful Myra Breckinridge (Raquel Welch). Myra appears at the door of former cowboy star-turned-acting school entrepreneur Buck Loner (John Huston), who also happened to be

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David Giler, Michael Sarne

Mar 9, 2004

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One might appreciate Anthology's all-new print -- with its epic sets and costumes, slumming icons, and unfocused meta-ambitions -- as the queer precursor to Southland Tales.

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The film version of Gore Vidal's Hollywood-themed transsexual satire starts off promisingly, but after a couple of reels plunges straight downhill under the weight of artless direction.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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As an adaptation of Gore Vidal's novel, this is a major travesty.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Raquel Welch's big chance is snatched away by Sarne's careless and unprofessional direction, and Rex Reed's self-parody is much too pat and easy.

July 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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If you truly analyze this, it's a very bisexual scene, and it's a classic, and I was told by a film buff friend that it was considered an A-list movie at the time.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: International Press Academy
International Press Academy

Extravagantly tasteless, surprisingly inept filming of Gore Vidal's briefly notorious novel.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

With so much raw comedic potential and a cast any director would be happy to get a hold of, Sarne somehow manages to direct it all into one aimless, inept and leering aberration.

August 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Outrageous casting & laughs do not a good satire make.

December 27, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

There's a good movie in all this garbage.

June 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Loaded with pop references and clips from old movies, it's like a bizarre comic precursor to 'The Dreamers'...

April 8, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Yes, it's bad, but you quickly get beyond its badness. It's hypnotically awful. It's audaciously dreadful.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Comment (1)
ToxicUniverse.com

...it's hard to imagine how a film could be any worse, yet Myra has a silly, chaotic, almost endearing quality about it that proclaims its own innocence.

March 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film and its purported message are just like the monster between Welch's legs: A big fat fake.

March 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The Citizen Kane of chaotic trash, this is car crash cinema at its most compelling.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An unalloyed disaster, but too fascinating to ignore

September 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Much-maligned comedy which, three decades after its disastrous debut, seems to be have been way ahead of its time.

July 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Myra Breckinridge

Just awful, disconnected scenes that add up to nothing. The clips from old films are the best part of this one.
July 4, 2014
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jay nixon

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How can a sex farce starring Raquel Welch at her peak voluptuousness be so dull?

This is like a porn flick with the porn edited out. An endless stream of set pieces that go nowhere. Myron Breckinridge (film critic Rex Reed) has an implausible sex change and re-emerges as gorgeous Myra (Welch). She blackmails her goofy uncle (director John Huston, embarrassing himself with an awful Slim Pickens impression) into giving her a faculty post at his bogus acting school/commune and, there, sets upon her vengeful quest to destroy the mythos of the American male. Or something.

That's about where the plot's momentum grinds to a stop. Mae West creaks in with her dinosaur act, portraying an agent who's fixated on having sex with men a third of her age (including a young, moustache-less Tom Selleck). It's as if she's in her own separate movie. She probably agreed to appear on condition that she have top billing and be allowed to lead a song-and-dance number. And we're forced to sit through it. She and Welch have just one scene together, and their faces never appear in the same frame. Meanwhile, ingenue Farrah Fawcett also enters the story, pokes out her nipples everywhere yet still can't make the film interesting. Even a bedroom scene with Welch doesn't pay off. How is that possible?

Repeated mentions of "balling" date the script, and further star cameos from Jim Backus, John Carradine and Andy Devine add nothing. The insertion of vintage movie clips (lots of Laurel and Hardy) mostly just pad out the running time and, in the end, the greatest pleasures are simply Welch's stylish costumes and game willingness to debase herself with references to orgasms, urine specimens and "motherfuckers." And, oh yes, there's her notorious anal-rape sequence. (Hint: She's not the one being raped.)

What was the point of Toni Basil repeatedly turning up, just to chew gum like some stereotyped teen delinquent?
June 26, 2011
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

A very campy sex comedy/revenge flick, starring the always luscious Raquel Welch, that doesn't hold up well. The characters are overblown and stereotypical, the sex (what there is) is pretty tame, and the controversial nature of the story seems a lot less scandalous today than it would have been forty(!) years ago. Still there were a few chuckles to be found, so not all was wasted. This viewer saw a bit of Fellini and some similarities to Dr Strangelove, but overall, not a highly rewarding film.
March 28, 2011
Mark Abell

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