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Straight Jacket Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International

On film, things play as flatly as any failed soufflé.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Until it tries to mean something, Straight-Jacket is an enjoyably manic little farce whose wit far exceeds its production budget.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

At its best when it's sending up '50s-era Hollywood and it's at its worst when trying to make a serious point.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2005
Eric D. Snider

As satire, it is often deliciously barbed and catty, the jokes flying fast and furious ... but when it tries to make its points seriously, it immediately loses me.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

February 22, 2005
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Some of it is smart, much clever, most funny and all entertaining.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

January 15, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's a shame, then, that Straight-Jacket turns dour and melodramatic ... The light-hearted fun seeps out of the movie, replaced by trite interludes of coming-out angst, McCarthy-era persecution and even gay-bashing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 14, 2005
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The perkiness with a capital P, gorgeous set and great color can't completely salvage an occasionally strong cast and middling story (and don't forget a lousy, if literal, title).

| Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Movies can never again be so corny, campy and PC clumsy as some of the howlers of the 1950s and '60s. But Straight-Jacket has a spiffy and gay (both senses) time joining the party.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It has verve, color and energy, but there's something fundamentally bogus about it, and whenever it takes a turn into seriousness, entire moments fall apart.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 7, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Day's pyrotechnic dialogue and instinctive comic timing make Straight-Jacket a delight.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2005
Joe Leydon
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A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 23, 2004
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness.

December 23, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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This featherweight spoof of closeted, Red-baiting Hollywood in the mid-1950's is played as such an exaggerated cartoon that its political outrage is dissipated by its stridency.

| Original Score: 1/5

December 13, 2004
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though its heart is in the right place, everything gets tangled up in the film's lunacy.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

December 10, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Save your money and rent one of those old Hudson-Doris Day comedies instead.

| Original Score: 1/4

December 10, 2004
Edward Crouse
Village Voice
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Offers up a super-queered, tinny 1950s, one that plays loose and preachy with the Passion of Rock Hudson.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 7, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Whatever pleasures it holds, Straight-Jacket is highly uneven.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 29, 2004
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

This clever confection adopts the genre conventions of the era's madcap romantic comedies and, later, melodramas for its tale about barely closeted movie star Guy Stone.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 29, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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A Technicolor bliss-out.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 24, 2004

A campy, fun, old-fashioned romp that's just a bit light in the loafers.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 24, 2004
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