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Bent (1997)



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

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Sean Mathias directed this screen adaptation of Martin Sherman's award-winning play about the persecution of homosexuals by Nazis during World War II. In Germany, the Nazi party's program of genocide against any and all perceived "enemies" is coming into full swing when the party begins a violent purge of homosexuals in its membership. Max (Clive Owen), a bisexual playboy, is attending an orgy thrown by drag queen "Greta" (Mick Jagger) and featuring a number of party members when the festivities


Drama, Romance

Martin Sherman

Sep 6, 2010

MGM Pictures

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7) | DVD (3)

The screen version of Sherman's play about homosexuals in Nazi Germany shows that tyro director Mathias doesn't know much about film for his erratic approach and inconsistent style bring out the play's weaknesses, though the acting is good.

April 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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brave, brilliantly effective movie which has the added bonus of a crinkled Mick Jagger singing in drag while swinging from a ceiling.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: PopcornQ | Comment (1)

Tired of gay rights movies and Holocaust flicks? This is both, but it still enthralls.

February 3, 2003 | Comment (1)
New Times

Stylized yet substantive drama about the plight of homosexuals in the Holocaust.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Comment (1)
Spirituality and Practice

Remains more a theatrical work than a cinematic one--but its dramatic story, powerful theme and historical importance are undeniable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Bent

Strange story but powerful none the less. Ian McKellen is perfect for the role. Clive Owen gives a surprisingly strong performance, but I'm not sure he's necessarily who I would have envisioned for the role. Cinamatography is not the strongest.
October 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

Certainly well-intentioned, and definitely with some moving moments, but unfortunately this film (based on the stage play) is extremely stagey and rather tedious. Some really great acting, and a decent attempt to show the gays were among those gravely damaged by the Nazis makes it memorable, however.
December 26, 2010

Super Reviewer

I am sorry to be so negative about a concentration camp movie featuring gays. I really do not know what could have made the story seem relevant. It seemed to just be a movie that says lets do something about the Holocaust and add gays to it and we are sure to get an Oscar. Just too over done, over acted and overrated.
December 18, 2010

Super Reviewer

Hot Gay Sex List Commentary:This is a rarity for this list, as there is only a smudgeon of explicit sex in it (at the very beginning), but it simultaneously contains the most erotic scene ever filmed in which two Holocaust prisoners talk each other through a sexual encounter, whilst standing ten feet apart, not looking at each other, and whispering under the ever watchful eye of Nazi guards. On top of that, I think it's the best Holocaust film; I prefer it to Schindler's List."So Fucked Up" highlight: the really cute twinky boy is brutally beaten by Nazis on the train to death camp whilst his boyfriend watches, forced to deny knowing him in order to survive
August 15, 2008

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