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To Die Like A Man (2011)

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83

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 148

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Movie Info

Tonia is a large-than-life drag icon of Lisbon's night life in the late 1980s. At the peak of her career, she meets and falls in love with Rosario, a young soldier who's gone AWOL. Under pressure from Rosario, Tonia begins a series of operations to become a woman but the final step proves much harder than she could have guessed. Torn between her love for Rosario and her deeply-rooted religious convictions, Tonia looks for distraction in a trip to the countryside with Rosario. Lost along the way,

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (5)

The praise for this static, overlong, stagebound work is a mystery to me.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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[Refuses] to soften the harsher personal truths faced by aging professional salesmen of erotic fantasy.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film is filled with striking, sometimes painful images...

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A mysterious, fabulously sad fable about the final months of a fado-singing, pooch-pampering drag diva.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It fulfills the promise of its title with hard-hitting compassion and a crystal-clear sense of grace.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The camera also lingers in slow and stylized shots, generating strange images (a chicken bone in a fish-filled aquarium) that are elusive in meaning yet undeniable in visual impact.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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While indebted to Fassbinder, Rodrigues finds his own distinct register of melodrama and demonstrates an ability to up the stakes with unexpected stylistic choices or dramatic coups.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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Well-acted and unflinching, but tedious, pretentious, overlong and tonally uneven.

April 9, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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humane and tender

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Indulging Rodriguez's ugliness limits the image of gay life and gay culture to negativity and grotesquerie.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Despite the hothouse atmosphere or the backstage tantrums and a suicide attempt, [director] Rodrigues lowers the temperature with his slow, steady camera for a flabby 138 minutes.

October 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Just be the trippiest film released this year, with several of the most delicious transvestites around being truly absurd. Who knew? Drag and Death, a match made in heaven.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: CultureCatch
CultureCatch

Joao Pedro Rodrigues's perspective on cinema and life, in a nutshell: All the world's a stage, and everyone in it is a drama queen.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for To Die Like A Man

A pre-op transsexual drag queen lives with a suicidal junkie. CORRECTION TO MY EARLIER REVIEW: This movie should get an "incomplete" rating from me, since I watched a flawed version via Netflix streaming. The dtreaming version is missing the audio track; I assumed that this was an experimental gimmick by the director, but in fact it was just a technical error.
October 12, 2011
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