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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Reviews

May 20, 2008
Those expecting a rockin' good time are likely to be left cold by this screen translation, which despite some imaginative packaging too often proves a drag in more than the sartorial sense.
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June 24, 2006
Despite the creator/actor/director's energetic efforts, the material never feels comfortable in its new form.
August 31, 2001
It is fairly short and fairly enjoyable.
August 17, 2001
Flamboyant, irreverent, naughty and oddly, profoundly moving.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 17, 2001
What in any other hands than Mitchell's might have been a sexual sight gag becomes a symbol of personal freedom and expression.
August 3, 2001
The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 3, 2001
It's not a lark or a kitschy goof or a parody; it just is what it is and you can't tear your eyes away from it.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 3, 2001
Mitchell's textured acting and singing make Hedwig a mercurial creature, not just a transvestite harpy.
August 3, 2001
Hedwig makes for an unforgettable heroine, the perfect center to this wonderfully odd, vivid and dynamic movie.
August 3, 2001
Operates successfully on enough levels one needs an elevator to fully appreciate it.
August 3, 2001
The off-Broadway rock musical that pushes off from a botched sex-change operation is sweet dynamite on film.
August 3, 2001
Strange, how the movie seems to be loud, flashy and superficial, and yet gives a deeper dimension to its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2001
It does things that only the movies can do, and it does them with an abundance of wit, irony and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 2, 2001
Inventive, original stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2001
Almost guaranteed to amass a cult following as it makes its way across U.S. theaters during its national release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2001
Hedwig is a force of nature, burned out and jaded yet brimming with compassion and bursting with energy.
July 27, 2001
Has a kind of self-deprecating, low-budget charm that's ideal for the material.
July 27, 2001
The rock score by Stephen Trask that dominates most of the film is loud and unbearable.
July 27, 2001
It wins the heart and commands respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2001
Thanks to Mitchell's electrifying work in front of and behind the camera, you'll find yourself falling in love with this rock odyssey.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 20, 2001
Trumps Moulin Rouge and even The Rocky Horror Picture Show in infectious pop force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2001
Irresistibly moving, musically percolating.
July 20, 2001
Clever, funny, wildly innovative.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 20, 2001
A gender-bending rock musical that really delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2001
For all its serious subtext, the movingly affirmative Hedwig is raucous, racy and full of hilarious, lowdown survivor's wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 20, 2001
Love, fame, self-acceptance, fabulous wigs -- Hedwig achieves everything Moulin Rouge aspires to with far less effort.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 20, 2001
It's that rarest of creatures: a rock musical that actually works.
July 19, 2001
Dazzlingly, Mitchell has opened up what was essentially a performance concert piece and reinvented the movie musical. You go, girl.
July 19, 2001
Wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2001
Relentlessly assaultive, heavy-handed, and emotionally monochromatic.
July 10, 2001
Is this a tour de force or what? As Hedwig would say, you do the math, honey.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 15, 2001
Funny as hell, and Trask's tuneful music makes one want to rush out to get the CD.