Tough Guys Don't Dance Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 11, 2009
Embarrassingly idiotic high camp modern noir set on Cape Cod.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Neither thrilling nor horrific, the camera, plotting, dialogue and atmosphere are uniformly unconvincing: a conservatoire of false notes.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 7, 2005
A juicy cult classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 15, 2005
Strange and self-indulgent, but oddly entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 29, 2004
Ponderous and absurd, like the novel. As a stand-in for Mailer, O'Neal is limp.
| Original Score: 1/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
The overkill is strangely compelling and Mailer's disregard for taste and convention ensure his film is a massive but spectacular and unmissable folly.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Not the high point of the Mailer career, but it's a small, entertaining part of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
November 4, 2002
It's a mystery, and not an overly compelling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Hard to classify; at times you laugh raucously at what's up on the screen; at others you stare dumbly, in stunned amazement.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What is strange is that Tough Guys Don't Dance leaves me with such vivid memories of its times and places, its feelings and weathers, and yet leaves me so completely indifferent to its plot. Watching the film, I laughed a good deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Norman Mailer's best film, adapted from his worst novel, shows a surprising amount of cinematic savvy and style.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 21, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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