Tough Guys Don't Dance - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tough Guys Don't Dance Reviews

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November 7, 2005
A juicy cult classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2005
Strange and self-indulgent, but oddly entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
The overkill is strangely compelling and Mailer's disregard for taste and convention ensure his film is a massive but spectacular and unmissable folly.
May 20, 2003
Not the high point of the Mailer career, but it's a small, entertaining part of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Norman Mailer's best film, adapted from his worst novel, shows a surprising amount of cinematic savvy and style.
October 9, 2016
There's no denying Mailer is a man with vision, and the eloquence to describe it. It's just that the vision is so troubling, so mean and raw and frightening.
October 11, 2009
Embarrassingly idiotic high camp modern noir set on Cape Cod.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 9, 2006
Neither thrilling nor horrific, the camera, plotting, dialogue and atmosphere are uniformly unconvincing: a conservatoire of false notes.
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2004
Ponderous and absurd, like the novel. As a stand-in for Mailer, O'Neal is limp.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 4, 2002
It's a mystery, and not an overly compelling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
What is strange is that Tough Guys Don't Dance leaves me with such vivid memories of its times and places, its feelings and weathers, and yet leaves me so completely indifferent to its plot. Watching the film, I laughed a good deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Hard to classify; at times you laugh raucously at what's up on the screen; at others you stare dumbly, in stunned amazement.
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