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Cruising Reviews

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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
Rob Gonsalves
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
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
Christopher Null
October 20, 2007
still unsettling even after far more explicit fare has been produced in recent years
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
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+
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.
| Original Score: 72/100
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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Andrew O'Hehir
September 6, 2007
No one would get away with it now, or even try.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
September 4, 2007
Cruising is a mediocre thriller but an amazing time capsule -- a heady, horny flashback to the last gasp of full-blown sexual abandon, and easily the most graphic depiction of gay sex ever seen in a mainstream movie.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 3, 2007
Why Cruising? Why now? And why does it feel like how you answer those questions will determine which side pocket you keep your handkerchief in?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
June 18, 2007
The most shocking thing about Cruising (shown in 2007 Cannes Fest), which occupies a unique place in film history, is its thematic and visual audacity, the fact that it was made by a mainstream director (Friedkin) and studio; it will never happen again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
May 9, 2007
Sordid, disturbing murder mystery revolving around leather bar gays.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 26, 2006
William Friedkin's Cruising is an interesting, albeit grisly, detective story before being damaged by an abrupt, out-of-the-blue and totally unsatisfying ending.
| Original Score: 2.75/4
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
Brave, if flawed, attempt to marry the marginal to the mainstream. Cruising suffers from a lack of discipline but there are some memorable and unsettling moments.
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a lurid, twisted film that brings you into its world and completely works you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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