XXY Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
February 10, 2010
Even when the film overdoses on its own downcastness or on dubious similes and symbolisms, you can feel why the characters as well as the filmmakers are humbled in more than one way by the conceptual intricacies and the high emotional stakes of the essent
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Puenzo goes beyond medical melodrama with a talented ensemble of Argentine actors who make this weird tale breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
Moody and thoughtful.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 15, 2008
treats gender issues with a hand so delicate you feel sad for everyone involved
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
October 18, 2008
Unexpected and wonderfully thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
The movie's images are frequently startling, its performances sharply observed and quirky, and its take on its subject matter undeniably provocative.
Monika Bartyzel
Cinematical
October 18, 2008
The struggles of those around Alex are equally moving.
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Trim and briskly paced, XXY is sometimes difficult to watch, but Puenzo lets the actors explore a full range of emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
A contrived screenplay dilutes the unique story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
October 13, 2008
With 'XXY,' Argentinean writer-director Lucía Puenzo takes what could have been a movie-of-the week subject and instead delivers a thoughtful and deeply moving tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 26, 2008
The good news is that this is an intelligent drama that is in no way exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 26, 2008
XXY is the first film to address intersex identity with graceful compassion, and [director] Puenzo tells Alex's story with simple, honest and forthright integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 26, 2008
Despite its sometimes creepy tentativeness, XXY succeeds as a meditation on gender and sexuality, one that refuses an easy answer to the question, 'Is it a boy or a girl?'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 5, 2008
It is not a message picture, never lectures, contains partial nudity but avoids explicit images and grows into a poignant human drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2008
Lucía Puenzo's XXY is as finely crafted as a great work of literature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 27, 2008
To the director's credit, what could have been a clinical study or fact-based medical case instead unfolds as a touching coming of age tale focusing on the tender romantic angle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 30, 2008
A tale that could have been handled with condescending simplicity becomes a testament to the flawed but noble humanity of both parents and children.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 22, 2008
What ensues between them, both psychologically and sexually, is one of the strangest, most fascinating dysfunctional relationships I've seen in a movie. The acting is outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 17, 2008
...comes off as a well-intentioned yet hopelessly uneven effort...
| Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 15, 2008
An engrossing Argentinean film about a 15-year-old intersex youth who struggles with both her masculine and feminine identities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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