Cruising Reviews

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.
April 27, 2018
William Friedkin's Cruising is a work of art.
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
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.
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.
September 7, 2007
Its gamy images inside the leather and S&M gay bars along the Greenwich Village waterfront are both busy and dark.
September 6, 2007
No one would get away with it now, or even try.
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.
June 24, 2006
Opening with some powerful moments, Cruising soon drifts into bloody Village People-type caricature.
January 1, 2000
It's a lurid, twisted film that brings you into its world and completely works you over.