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April 26, 2017
Sydney Pollack was a hell of a film director and most of his films are really excellent. this one is no exception and turned out to be one of the most memorable Dustin Hoffman part to date. Really well written and acted perfectly by a top cast, this is definitely a classic and a must see.
April 23, 2017
It's been said that the most serious of issues that we face can be examined most effectively through jokes, and Tootsie, for the most part, aptly demonstrates that philosophy. Powered by a fantastic central performance by Hoffman, essentially lampooning his own acting methodologies and temperament, he gets a first-hand experience of how the other half lives, learning much about not only the attitudes of others, but his own. His performance is joyously complimented by a vivacious Jessica Lange, always smiling and looking like the happiest person in the world while hiding a vulnerability just beneath the surface. Much of the humour stems from the razor-sharp dialogue, with classic, quotable one-liners firing off in all directions. Method acting is well known to make a person difficult to get along with and even a little dangerous, and Hoffman's deep ingratiation with his creation is a wonderfully comedic but also strikingly poignant representation of this, analysing and dissecting issues of sexism and ageism which he never even considered beforehand. The film flounders in its final act, where the characters succumb to the Hollywood syndrome of no longer acting like real human beings, never offering simple explanations and constantly saying the wrong thing for no logical reason, and while it offers up a fantastic premise, it's essentially wastes it with a deflating ending made more for pleasing the masses than challenging them. But these flaws are more than overshadowed by the upsides. A comedy gem, still treasured all these years later, Tootsie is a must-see for lovers of comedy, drama and fabulous dresses.
March 30, 2017
Dustin Hoffman is moderately entertaining in a cross-dressing comedy. It doesn't necessarily live up to its high reputation, but it was OK. (First and only viewing - 3/22/2009)
½ March 17, 2017
Great movie, fantastic acting and great story. It was very funny and very memorable. Dustin Hoffman shines in his/her role. The only bad thing about the movie is that it was a bit cheesy, especially the ending.
March 7, 2017
Dustin Hoffman is great, but the writing and editing are the real stars!
December 24, 2016
I don't look at it like an old "rights/feminist" statement, it's just a great actor doing hilarious stuff and having really funny situations presented to his character.
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December 24, 2016
Tootsie is simply the worst type of American humor: one that has a clever idea in its hands but takes it in a completely wrong direction, letting it die in a predictable plot that looks like a cheap soap opera and bears a stupid sitcom sense of humor.
½ December 18, 2016
La tematica di base interessante, soprattutto se pensiamo a quando stato girato il film. Infatti si parla del ruolo della donna e di come esse cercano di trovare una certa indipendenza senza dover per forza scadere nel femminismo integralista. Il personaggio principale Dustin Hoffman che si traveste da donna e ne diventa un simbolo di donna capace e indipendente. Il fatto che l'immagine di donna forte e capace (quasi l'unica in tutto il film) sia interpretata da un uomo sembra quasi un controsenso rispetto alla morale del film.
½ December 11, 2016
Tootsie is a gender-swap comedy that thankfully doesn't go over-the-top, and rather shines with a smart, hilarious script and an effervescent dual performance from Dustin Hoffman.
December 5, 2016
A difficult film for me to review. Either go with praising Dustin Hoffman's convincing acting or criticize the complex message and story, but I will go with praising the movie as I find it a funny movie.
½ October 23, 2016
Hilarious, though somewhat dated take on the 'body-swap' or 'spend a day in my shoes' tale. Dustin Hoffman drives the whole film with his brilliance and Bill Murray adds excellent offbeat comic relief.
½ September 7, 2016
A funny narrative with one of Hoffman's more memorable performances that stands the test of time
½ August 19, 2016
A struggling actor goes drag and ends up the star of a daily soap opera. The characters are intelligent, which is why I hated this movie. Yep, the intelligent characters and dramatic scenes ruin this because I couldn't buy into the fact that the characters of this movie could not see that Dorothy was a dude. I mean come on. Generally in movies like this, the characters are idiots so I understand that they can't distinguish a man in drag. With that said, the performances by the all star cast are stellar. Maybe too stellar, as they make their characters intelligent Unfortunately, this isn't the kind of movie that requires intelligence.
½ August 12, 2016
While the movie has many high points, Dustin Hoffman being at his best, it cannot hide that it shows its age. The criticism of how women are being treated could be sharper but was probably sharp at its time. The depth of the characters, is to be described as shallow at best. Mrs. Doubtfire is a welcome addition to this men-in-women's-clothing and it does age better. Still, it is a nice movie with a recollection of the 80s that has with time lost some of its bite.
August 4, 2016
A childhood favourite. The perfect blend of comedy and fine acting. A terrific lead performance from Hoffman and great support from Durning, Lange and Bill Murray.
July 19, 2016
The best comedy ever made.
½ June 13, 2016
Struggling actor who can't keep a job must disguise himself as a woman to get acting work. It's another man in drag comedy that may be the best of its genre, but still corny and unbelievable.
½ May 5, 2016
Hilarious and heart-warming, Tootsie is anchored by Hoffman's pitch-perfect performance, and Pollack's straight-sighted direction.
½ April 21, 2016
That is one nutty hospital.
February 18, 2016
It's very 80s cheesey which brings the film down a lot when watching it nowadays, but Dustin Hoffman is phenomenal in it. The plot is completely implausible, but who cares when the cast is this fun.
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