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The Crying Game Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
April 1, 2015
Powerful drama has mature sexual themes, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 9, 2015
Suspenseful and emotionally complex, skillfully mixing politics with affairs of the heart, The Crying Game is something unexpected, a challenging new way to tell a very old story.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 9, 2015
Here's a movie that is difficult to outguess, difficult even to describe. The Crying Game belongs to no particular genre, though it is an absorbing thriller and a memorably offbeat love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 9, 2015
Seeing the film twice reveals two completely different viewer perspectives -- a kind of "before and after" syndrome -- and like any good film The Crying Game grows richer as it sinks into your thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 9, 2015
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 9, 2015
This film must be discovered as it unfolds: If anyone starts to tell you about it, hit him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
March 9, 2015
[An] exhilarating whirlwind of a drama.
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
March 9, 2015
Its components are built upon deception and forgiveness, misconnections and misunderstandings, sexual jealousy and moral ambivalence, trust and loyalty, desperation and loneliness. It is also, not incidentally, a crackling good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 9, 2015
In a style of agitated naturalism, Jordan examines poignant matters of life and death, sex and friendship, duty and loyalty, freedom and bondage, manhood and womanhood and all the ambiguous areas in between.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
March 9, 2015
It's a beguiling, eccentric blend of romantic drama and political thriller, and at its centre is a charismatic performance from Stephen Rea.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 9, 2015
Erratic but forcefully acted.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2015
It certainly keeps the audience guessing, though, and few movies explode so many stereotypes.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 9, 2015
[Jordan] veers from taut thriller to devilishly sly comedy, from romance to a story of torment and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 5, 2014
Absorbing offbeat blend of a romantic, psychological and political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Glasby
Film4
February 13, 2012
Those unacquainted with The Crying Game should note that it is well acted, original in intent rather than execution, and in possession of a narrative about-turn so insane that the film is guaranteed a place in cinematic history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 13, 2012
This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
After luring us into what appears to be a classic they-gazed-at-each-other-across-an-empty-bar romantic setup, Jordan undermines our expectations so thoroughly that it's as if we've rediscovered our innocence as moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 26, 2007
Neil Jordan's daring, mesmerizing film combines a Hitchcockian thriller and a spellbinding love story with a twist set against intriguing political circumstances; don't reveal the ending to your friends.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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