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Straight Jacket Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 13, 2004
This featherweight spoof of closeted, Red-baiting Hollywood in the mid-1950's is played as such an exaggerated cartoon that its political outrage is dissipated by its stridency.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2005
It has verve, color and energy, but there's something fundamentally bogus about it, and whenever it takes a turn into seriousness, entire moments fall apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 10, 2004
Save your money and rent one of those old Hudson-Doris Day comedies instead.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2004
Whatever pleasures it holds, Straight-Jacket is highly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Edward Crouse
Village Voice
December 7, 2004
Offers up a super-queered, tinny 1950s, one that plays loose and preachy with the Passion of Rock Hudson.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 10, 2004
Though its heart is in the right place, everything gets tangled up in the film's lunacy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 23, 2004
Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 13, 2005
The perkiness with a capital P, gorgeous set and great color can't completely salvage an occasionally strong cast and middling story (and don't forget a lousy, if literal, title).
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 14, 2005
It's a shame, then, that Straight-Jacket turns dour and melodramatic ... The light-hearted fun seeps out of the movie, replaced by trite interludes of coming-out angst, McCarthy-era persecution and even gay-bashing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 25, 2005
At its best when it's sending up '50s-era Hollywood and it's at its worst when trying to make a serious point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
On film, things play as flatly as any failed soufflé.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 29, 2004
This clever confection adopts the genre conventions of the era's madcap romantic comedies and, later, melodramas for its tale about barely closeted movie star Guy Stone.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
February 22, 2005
As satire, it is often deliciously barbed and catty, the jokes flying fast and furious ... but when it tries to make its points seriously, it immediately loses me.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 24, 2004
A campy, fun, old-fashioned romp that's just a bit light in the loafers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 15, 2005
Some of it is smart, much clever, most funny and all entertaining.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
November 24, 2004
A Technicolor bliss-out.
Eric Campos
Film Threat
July 13, 2004
This obvious take on the life of Hollywood movie star Rock Hudson contains that same hard edged humor I came to love in Girls Will Be Girls.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Leydon
December 23, 2004
A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2005
Day's pyrotechnic dialogue and instinctive comic timing make Straight-Jacket a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 7, 2005
Movies can never again be so corny, campy and PC clumsy as some of the howlers of the 1950s and '60s. But Straight-Jacket has a spiffy and gay (both senses) time joining the party.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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