XX/XY (2003)



Critic Consensus: The characters are both unsympathetic and uninteresting.

Movie Info

A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women -- not once, but twice -- in this independent drama. In 1993, Coles (Mark Ruffalo) is a film student at Sarah Lawrence where he meets two fellow undergrads, Thea (Kathleen Robertson) and Sam (Maya Stange). Coles and Sam come together and Thea fades out of the picture. In time, Sam tires of Coles' aimlessly hedonistic attitude, and they break up. Ten years later, Coles, after a failed career in feature films, is doing animation for an … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, language. and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Austin Chick
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On DVD: Jul 29, 2003
IFC Films


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Critic Reviews for XX/XY

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (32)

With its talky and theatricalized depiction of cruelties mutually inflicted by financially comfortable good-looking young white people on each other, XX/XY at times recalls a slightly more full-blooded Neil LaBute movie.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Rarely does a fine movie like this have so awkward a title.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ruffalo continues to be one of the most intriguing actors of his generation.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Top Critic

There's probably a movie in XX/XY, but director Austin Chick doesn't seem to have found it.

May 23, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

XX/XY expresses and explores this universal yearning without becoming stuck in it. In this and many other respects, few movies are so mature and satisfying.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

It never addresses the underlying issue on which those relationships hinge: Is Coles still in love with Sam, or is he just in love with what she represents.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for XX/XY


[font=Century Gothic]"XX/XY" starts in 1993 in New York City. After Coles(Mark Ruffalo), an artist and aspiring filmmaker, gracefully jumps a turnstile in the subway, he notices a comely young woman, Sam(Maya Stange), and follows her back to a party at Saint Lawrence College where he strikes up a conversation with her. Luckily for him, he not only gets to spend the night with her but also with her friend, Thea(Kathleen Robertson). Out of that situation, Sam and Coles start going out together while Thea and her friend, Sid(Kel O'Neill), become intimate. All of which would be fine if Coles did not have sex with everything that moved...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"XX/XY" is an insipid movie that is ostensibly about the maturing process after college but there are no set rules that go along with getting older.(Although flossing is recommended...) In my experience college students are not that carefree, just very melodramatic. The only event that is guaranteed to change a person's life as a young adult is taking care of another person - be they child or parent. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]In the movie, barely drawn characters all orbit around the one person who has a personality(and a hairstyle does not count as a personality trait) but since it is such an unpleasant one, the movie never comes together. It is a shame because the film does have its share of nice moments.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


A favorite.

Leo L

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