The Dying Gaul (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The Dying Gaul
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.
The film plays for keeps: It hurts and it doesn't back away from messy questions about art, commerce and conscience.
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.
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.
[E]xcept for some problems in the middle act, the movie is easy to swallow.
Like minimalist composer Steve Reich's prickly, tense music on the soundtrack, the movie itself is too often too intellectual, experimental and abstract.
Audience Reviews for The Dying Gaul
Awesome film. The obsession and flawed characters are frightening!
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.
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