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Handsome Harry Reviews

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Eric Hynes
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
April 13, 2010
Gordon and Proferes detail their protagonist with authentically complex fleshtones, but splash on each new revealing coat with a jarring lack of finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 17, 2010
Even with its forced dialogue and dramatically artificial set pieces, "Handsome Harry" has a certain integrity--thanks primarily to Jamey Sheridan's committed performance--that keeps you involved.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 16, 2010
Each of its miserable characters, especially Mr. Savage's Rheems, is a case study in a film that hits you like a strident polemical essay.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2010
Handsome Harry is a small film with more to say than its creaky exposition and formulaic plot would suggest. Frustration is perhaps the more appropriate critical response.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alonso Duralde
Queer Sighted
April 16, 2010
Gay audiences -- and probably straight ones -- will see the twists coming from a mile away, but a cast this strong makes the trip worth taking anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 16, 2010
A unique story of love and regret...Exquisitely acted by an exceptional cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Prairie Miller
April 3, 2010
Despite superb performances, the film feels like an unconvincing, self-conscious narrative agenda created to scold just about everyone on and off screen for bad behavior. Along with a nearly anthropological indictment of the heterosexual male species.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 16, 2010
The story quietly builds to a rueful and fraught climax in which Campbell Scott does his usual exceptional work, while Harry absorbs some hard lessons.
| Original Score: 3/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 22, 2009
Wonderful performances abound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly
April 15, 2010
In Gordon's films, eros' capacity to disturb and disrupt is celebrated as its greatest quality.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 26, 2015
Angst-ridden didactic guy's film about the fear of being gay if one doesn't act manly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Anderson
America Magazine
February 17, 2015
While Bette Gordon may be a filmmaker of daring and a painterly hand, the eternal truths of Handsome Harry are finally what hold us.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 6, 2011
...works best as an actor's showcase...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 10, 2010
I don't think Clint Eastwood would cast himself as a gay man, but it's easy to imagine an alternate movie universe in which Eastwood not only plays the title role but is the director of this earnest yet unstrident drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Bailey
April 16, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2010
Sheridan (who also produced) is well cast as the good-looking, rugged Harry, and his performance is certainly adequate.
Armond White
New York Press
April 14, 2010
Director Bette Gordon presents the actors' sensitivity with tactful insight and appreciation reminiscent of Katherine Dieckmann's very fine Diggers.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 14, 2010
With Handsome Harry, the widely respected independent filmmaker Bette Gordon has hit a bull's eye.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2010
Gordon's way with actors and with screen storytelling is as impeccable as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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