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Tangerine (2015)



Critic Consensus: Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its filmmaking techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it's an old-fashioned comedy at heart -- and a pretty wonderful one at that.

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A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. (C) Magnolia
Comedy , Drama
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James Ransone
as Chester
Mya Taylor
as Alexandra
Alla Tumanian
as Ashken
Clu Gulager
as The Cherokee
Josh Sussman
as Retch Chunder
Scott Krinsky
as Parsimonious John
Ana Foxx
as Selena
Ana Foxxx
as Selena
Joshua Sussman
as Retch Chunder
Chelcie Lynn
as Madam Jillian
Julie Cummings
as Officer Jules
Jason Stuart
as Joey the Doorman
Richie Lillard
as Miss Willy
Genesis Green
as Pinkberry
Linda Macon
as Alfie's Mourner
Lola Francis
as Selfie Girl
Katrina Remero
as Color Wall Instigator
Alfred Lopez
as Squirtel
Chris Bergoch
as Zonked Lightweight
Roxana Guirola
as El Gran Burrito Cashier
Darren Dean
as Spent Bag Man
Khris Dickerson
as Corner Girl #1
Rae L. Siskind
as Officer Ray
Davida Strothers
as Corner Girl #2
Scott Lyons
as Bedbug Trick
Melissa Trader
as Corner Girl #3
Anni Weisband
as Backseat Complainer
John Gulager
as Shower Head
Stu Hopkins
as Donut Time Patron
Lazano Torres
as Late Night Walker
Graham Mackie
as Food Line Bob
Bianca Copeland
as Wibbly Wobbly Walker
Kymber Allen
as Food Line Volunteer
Tess Hunt
as Holiday Bartender
Bebe Maya
as Friend On The Block
Holly Jane Love
as Friend On The Block
Adam Wood
as Crackhead Adam
Mia Hurley
as Bedbug Prostitute
David Z. Stamp
as John John
James Williams
as PooBear
Aida Morales
as Razmik's Daughter
Nikie The Dog
as Nicholas The Dog
Teresa Margarian Nelson
as Simonian House Guest
Ceda Margaryan
as Simonian House Guest
Gayane Avaryan
as Simonian House Guest
Ralph Villalobos
as Club Patron
Melanie Booth
as Club Patron
Helene Vitagliano
as Club Patron
August Stout
as Club Patron
Matthew Olsen
as Hate Crime Gang
Jory Goodman
as Hate Crime Gang
Justin Premo
as Hate Crime Gang
June Rosewood
as Hate Crime Gang
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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (32)

"Tangerine" has generated interest partly because it was made using iPhones augmented by other devices. But technology can only take a film so far - it's the story that really matters.

Full Review… | August 6, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Smart, antic comedy that's eager to offend.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015
Top Critic

Baker gets great, sly, unforced performances from his two leads, but it's not all a rollicking good time: There are moments of quietude, inquietude, moments when a sense of wariness and loneliness settles over the women.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

"Tangerine" is the wildest screwball transgender comedy since Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon donned lipstick, mascara and full-tilt female get-ups in "Some Like It Hot."

Full Review… | July 23, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Rodriguez and Taylor are terrific. Their confidence is infectious, yet they never let us forget the challenges their lives offer.

Full Review… | July 23, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's not the technology and law-breaking that make this movie so ingeniously unique. It's the people, the place, the electric sense of movement and the biting sense of humor.

July 22, 2015
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tangerine


Transgender stories have been gaining traction in the past several years. The newest and most important civil rights issue of the past five years has been getting rights for transgendered people. This is especially because nearly half of all transgendered teens attempt suicide, one-fifth has been homeless and one-fourth have lost their jobs due to discrimination. With the emergence of trans stories in "Orange is the New Black," and "Transparent," and the public supporting Caitlyn Jenner, the landscape and visibility of trans peoples has increased greatly. Director Sean S. Baker (a cisgender man) gives a voice to the very real subset of transgendered people on Hollywood's streets. Read more at bluefairyblog.com

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A refreshing proof that you can make a funny and insightful film with a simple plot, naturalistic performances and an iPhone 5s - which adds to it and makes it look even more authentic, like a realistic fairy tale in the streets of L.A. (the character's name is even Sin-Dee Rella).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This knocked my socks off. Groundbreaking from a technical point of view, 'Tangerine' takes us on a hectic trip through the streets of Los Angeles with two brassy, troubled but compelling trans women. The first half offers the biggest laughs of any film in 2015 so far, but where the movie really takes flight is in its second half, where it offers an insight into people who, in a vast city during one of the busiest times of the year, are forced to bear a life of loneliness and discomfort. It earns the unorthodox music cues, it earns the howls of laughter, it earns the tonal shifts, it earns the tears and in truth, 'Tangerine' earns recognition as one of the best films of 2015.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

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