January 21, 2019
It's easy to see why playwright Martin Sherman's 1979 Bent was such a groundbreaking theatrical achievement and almost as easy to understand why the 1997 film adaptation failed to gain the same traction.
April 18, 2006
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.
December 6, 2005
August 19, 2003
brave, brilliantly effective movie which has the added bonus of a crinkled Mick Jagger singing in drag while swinging from a ceiling.
February 3, 2003
Tired of gay rights movies and Holocaust flicks? This is both, but it still enthralls.
August 30, 2002
Stylized yet substantive drama about the plight of homosexuals in the Holocaust.
January 1, 2000
Remains more a theatrical work than a cinematic one--but its dramatic story, powerful theme and historical importance are undeniable.