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Cruising Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 1, 2015
It's certainly not the grotesque failure of art and morality described in 1980... But a failure nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2014
What we're left with is a movie without the courage to declare itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
June 9, 2014
This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone.

People Magazine
June 9, 2014
Appropriately framed by opening and closing shots of a garbage scow, Cruising is trash.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Total Film
June 9, 2014
Cruising is no lost classic, but the critical shoeing doesn't square with Friedkin's intelligence and steady, sparse technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

TV Guide
June 9, 2014
Viewers are spared nothing as Steve Burns undergoes degrading brutality after brutality; virtually nobody is portrayed sympathetically.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2010
Is it possible that Cruising is everything its detractors and defenders say it is?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Holcomb
Kinetofilm
December 28, 2009
Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 20, 2007
still unsettling even after far more explicit fare has been produced in recent years
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 22, 2007
A lot of upcoming filmmakers saw "Cruising" and took notes, because the movie became the prototype for every serial killer movie to follow (see "Se7en," "Basic Instinct" etc.).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 21, 2007
The film comes off as little more than a sensationalized exploitation flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 20, 2007
Was it insensitive to make this film when it stood to represent the gay subculture to mainstream America? Yes. Is it a great film? No. But it is a fascinating relic.
Read More | Original Score: 72/100
Brian Juergens
AfterElton.com
September 18, 2007
Is it offensive? Yes and no. It's insensitive, certainly. And I wouldn't want my mother watching it, lest she think I've been in a sling in the meatpacking district for most of my adult life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
September 11, 2007
The movie merits viewing consideration.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 7, 2007
Its gamy images inside the leather and S&M gay bars along the Greenwich Village waterfront are both busy and dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 6, 2007
Cruising can now be ranked among Friedkin's very best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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