The Dying Gaul

Critics Consensus

Though it has a fine cast, The Dying Gaul's plot feels calculated and too intellectualized.

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Movie Info

A gay writer (Peter Sarsgaard) befriends a Hollywood hotshot (Campbell Scott) and his wife (Patricia Clarkson).

Cast & Crew

Bill Camp
Malcolm Cartonis
Linda Emond
Dr. Marta Foss
Elizabeth Marvel
Kelli Cartonis
Kelli O'Hara
Liz
Thomas Jay Ryan
(uncredited)
Craig Lucas
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David Newman
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Bobby Bukowski
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Andy Keir
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Vincent Jefferds
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Critic Reviews for The Dying Gaul

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (35)

  • The Dying Gaul isn't dead on arrival. But its death throes are only as interesting as the actors, characters and dialogue can make them.

    December 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • By the end of the film, relationships have turned so corrosive that the characters leave an ugly aftertaste in the mind of the viewer.

    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film plays for keeps: It hurts and it doesn't back away from messy questions about art, commerce and conscience.

    December 6, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The movie always feels as if it's on the verge of a major discovery. It ends without convincing us that any such discovery has been made.

    December 2, 2005 | Rating: C+
  • The Dying Gaul begins with a Herman Melville quote: 'Woe to him who seeks to please rather than appall.' Let them serve not as words of wisdom, but of warning.

    December 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • [E]xcept for some problems in the middle act, the movie is easy to swallow.

    November 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dying Gaul

  • Feb 08, 2013
    Tries to be relevant but ends up being dull. The Dying Gaul should have had some passion burning in it soull but even great actors sometimes cannot rise above a script or poor direction.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Awesome film. The obsession and flawed characters are frightening!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2012
    I suppose that what is says about the hypocritical way the film industry addresses homosexuality is truthful, but the pretentious, oblique way Lucas goes about presenting that truth makes "The Dying Gaul" a difficult film to endure. Outside of the film's narrative problems, I will say that Sarsgaard is pretty fantastic in this.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2009
    Simply simply gorgeous gorgeous movie about well, the usual - love, lust, betrayal, integrity, Buddhist philosophy, dead lovers communicating through the internet, murder by horticulture. You know, the usual. It's also, of course, a subtle and snide satire on the movie industry, a passionate treatise on sexuality and sexual orientation, as well as a showcase of jaw-droppingly moving performances. Sarsgaard and Scott are completely un-self-conscious in their sex scenes. I feel bad giving it 4 stars because it was 5 for most of the way through, but the lack of closure on the ending really doesn't sit well with me. The alternate cut suffices, save for the out-of-place voice-over.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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