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The Crying Game Reviews

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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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Thom Anderson
Chicago Reader
March 9, 2015
The battle of the sexes has been transformed into a war between women and gay men, with straight men as bemused spectators and prudent judges.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 6, 2006
The Crying Game's effectiveness comes not from the big reveal, but from the expertly crafted story that frames it and makes it into a meaningful reversal rather than a sudden isolated shock.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Tthe film does work, raises a plethora of questions concerning loyalty, violence and the nature of desire, and is in some respects a summation of the various themes that have emerged from Jordan's work.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The physical production is as lush as the film's romantic longings.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Reasons remain to watch this movie: the development of Fergus and the fine performances, most notably Whitaker and Richardson, who plays her character with just the right number of screws loose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Crying Game ventures into such exquisitely unique territory that you feel giddy from the pleasure of being allowed to travel along.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
If you're waiting for something explosive to happen, that may be the case, but if you're absorbing the meticulous and subtle character interaction, the pacing is perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4