Cruising Reviews

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January 24, 2020
It's too interesting and professional to be bad, but it's just too ugly and gross to be good.
December 30, 2019
Seen today, Cruising isn't the lurid gay-bashing pulp it was labeled at the time. But neither is it a particularly adept crime procedural.
August 24, 2019
An absolute bust as a murder-mystery, as a character study, and as an in-depth look at an alternative culture.
August 19, 2019
Here Steve's 'undercover' status serves as a metaphor for his closetedness (and vice versa) - while murder is committed at the behest of an internalised paternal voice of authority that regards homosexuality as a guilt that must be bloodily expunged.
April 29, 2019
The principal complaint, artistically, about Cruising is that it is not very clear at the rudimentary level of exposition of character and event. The problem... is in a script that never seems sure enough what it wants to say or prove.
January 11, 2019
There is so much talent in this film, from its very first moments with the unsettling strings by Jack Nitzsche.
April 27, 2018
William Friedkin's Cruising is a work of art.
March 1, 2015
It's certainly not the grotesque failure of art and morality described in 1980... But a failure nonetheless.
June 9, 2014
What we're left with is a movie without the courage to declare itself.
June 9, 2014
This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone.
June 9, 2014
Appropriately framed by opening and closing shots of a garbage scow, Cruising is trash.
June 9, 2014
While the savagery of the murders and the explicitness of the sexual practices on display are initially unsettling, they soon become numbing and, ultimately, yawn-inducing.
June 9, 2014
Cruising is no lost classic, but the critical shoeing doesn't square with Friedkin's intelligence and steady, sparse technique.
June 9, 2014
What's left is the framework for a graphic, brutal, sickening film, without the violent effects that might have made sense (however illegitimate) out of the conception.
June 9, 2014
Viewers are spared nothing as Steve Burns undergoes degrading brutality after brutality; virtually nobody is portrayed sympathetically.
September 23, 2013
What an odd relic of the 1980s Cruising is. Controversial enough at the time to derail director William Friedkin's career, thirty years later it's considered totally benign when a Disney star films a reconstruction of its X-rated scenes.
February 21, 2010
Is it possible that Cruising is everything its detractors and defenders say it is?
December 28, 2009
Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance.
March 26, 2009
Taking away the kissing, caressing and a few bloody killings, Friedkin has no story, though picture pretends to be a murder mystery combined with a study of Al Pacino's psychological degradation.
October 20, 2007
still unsettling even after far more explicit fare has been produced in recent years
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