The Boys in the Band Reviews

January 14, 2020
Many lines, many characters skirt the edges of farce and never quite lose their balance because we can be convinced of their essential truth.
October 22, 2019
One leaves it exhausted, as one does all rubberneck excursions, but neither emotionally elevated nor intellectually enlightened.
February 9, 2019
The combination of schoolgirl confessional... with a discernible element of holier-than-thou voyeurism does give off a certain sliminess.
February 9, 2019
A powerful, funny, bitter and hopeful drama about love and friendship.
September 5, 2009
The original queer tragicomedy
March 29, 2009
The characters' pathos and self-loathing were deplorable even in 1970, but the it is significant historically as one of Hollywood's first explicitly gay movies and an early work of Billy Friedkin just before making the Oscar-winner French Connection.
December 12, 2008
These are not the type of gay boys that you would like to take home.
November 29, 2008
A movie that needs to finally be acknowledged -- unsullied -- for the groundbreaking status that it deserves.
November 10, 2008
The sizzle of the bon mot%u2013tossing ensemble, intact from the stage original, is bracing and fuels the film's momentum.
September 13, 2007
August 26, 2006
August 18, 2006
a breakthrough film in the gay film genre; but dated by today's standards
August 26, 2005
lively, edgy, groundbreaking
February 8, 2004
August 29, 2003
February 2, 2003
Groundbreaking, yet entertaining too.
August 26, 2002
Powerful, painful, and blessed with endlessly quotable dialogue.
August 7, 2002
July 25, 2002