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Tootsie (1982)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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What do you get when you cross a hopelessly straight starving actor with a dynamite red sequined dress? You get America's hottest new actress.


Drama, Romance, Comedy

May 29, 2001

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (5) | DVD (17)

It is not just the best comedy of the year; it is popular art on the way to becoming cultural artifact.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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...there are several solid laughs and some excellent supporting performances.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The tone is quick-witted and appealing, with some of the smartest dialogue this side of Billy Wilder...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It turns out to be a touching love story, after all -- so touching that you may be surprised how moved you are at the conclusion of this comedy.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Tootsie restores the original meaning to the term 'situation comedy,' free of the pejorative associations that have accrued over the years because of the glut of awful ones on television.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Remarkably funny and entirely convincing...

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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A comedy of surprisingly refined class for 1982...

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

Touching romantic comedy with a twist.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Hoffman is magnificent in his dual role, though it's Bill Murray who stealthily steals scenes.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

I found this polished sitcom comedy to be a drag.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (5)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sparkling turn by Hoffman and an absolutely fabulous cast make this a risk -- and a risque -- success.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Pollack's easy-going, gender-bending comedy seems to have grown in stature and reputation with age, and it is not difficult to see why.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The film is mostly remembered for Dustin Hoffman's outstanding portrayal of Dorothy, the bespectacled, conservative woman who stands for neither discrimination nor nonsense

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile amiable and frequently hilarious comedy that boasts one of the most effective performances of Hoffman's career.

February 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Rather than confront what it sets up, it takes the one joke and runs -- till it runs out of steam.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the best and most significant comedies of the 1980s: Some Like It Hot, when Dustin Hoffman is in drag, it does change his attitude toward sex, women, and courtship. Pollack is here at his best as a commercial director.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

sublime comedy

June 6, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

One of the funniest things I have ever seen was Dustin Hoffman weeping uncontrollably as he recounted how he never truly understood the inner pain and torment of what it felt like to be an ugly woman until he made Tootsie.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of the funniest films of the Reagan-era

May 6, 2005

Better than it should be, but doesn't work well with repeated viewings.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Possibly one of the top half dozen overrated films of all time.

August 2, 2004 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This Tootsie is a true comic roll.

July 6, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Tootsie

Tootsie is simply the worst type of American humor: one that has a clever idea in its hands but takes it in a completely wrong direction, letting it die within a predictable plot that looks like a cheap soap opera and bears a stupid sitcom sense of humor.
October 24, 2013

Super Reviewer

A "meaningful" comedy about sexual equality in the workplace (from a male's POV) has it's moments, both of groaning awkwardness and of genuine mirth. It's insight into the world of trying to make it as an actor in New York is where the film is strongest. When released it was kind of a big deal, but it never gets away, not for a single second, from just how bad Hoffman looks dressed as a woman. And the situation alluded to, the inequality of women in the workplace ... ? That hasn't gone anywhere.
November 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

A funny, well-acted story concerning a failing actor with an attitude (Dustin Hoffman) who is forced to take drastic measures and dress as a woman for a role in a popular soap opera. This thing is all Dustin Hoffman, as he turns in one of the best performances of his well-decorated career as an actor playing many different roles. Sure, the movie is predictable and there is the cliche romantic interest, in this case Jessica Lange, but it remains hilarious throughout thanks to a fair balance of slapstick and verbal humor that comes across very well. Sydney Pollack's charming, effortlessly constructed screenplay translates into a breezy comedy that flies fast and does not overstay its welcome. Perhaps a little over-rated, not a great film, but definitely a good one.
June 29, 2012
Dan Schultz

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The 80s music and cheesy ending made me want to hit something, but other than those utter tragedies, the movie is really funny, and really well-made. Dustin Hoffman is believable even in such an unbelievable situation, and Bill Murray steals every scene he's in.
March 7, 2012
Sam Barnett

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    1. Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels: What kind of mother would I be if I didn't give my girls tits tips?
    – Submitted by Justice J (18 months ago)
    1. Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels: I was a better man with you as a woman than I ever was with a woman as a man.
    – Submitted by Belén D (2 years ago)
    1. Jeff: Mike, I really appreciate you're doing this, but it is just for the money. Isn't it? It's not just so you can wear these little outfits.
    2. Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels: I'm not even gonna answer that.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Les: The only reason you're still living is because I never kissed you.
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    1. Jeff: This is one nutty hospital.
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    1. John Van Horn: Does Jeff know?
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