XX/XY (2003)



Critic Consensus: The characters are both unsympathetic and uninteresting.

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A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women -- not once, but twice -- in this independent drama. In 1993, Coles (Mark Ruffalo) is a film student at Sarah Lawrence where he meets two fellow undergrads, Thea (Kathleen Robertson) and Sam (Maya Stange). Coles and Sam come together and Thea fades out of the picture. In time, Sam tires of Coles' aimlessly hedonistic attitude, and they break up. Ten years later, Coles, after a failed career in feature films, is doing animation for an advertising agency and living with his girlfriend, Claire (Petra Wright); Thea helps run a successful restaurant with her husband, Miles (David Thornton); and Sam, smarting from a bad breakup, returns to New York after several years in London. Coles runs into Sam and discovers he still has strong feelings for her, but has to decide if they're strong enough to break off his relationship with Claire. XX/XY was the first feature film from writer/director Austin Chick.
R (for sexuality, language. and brief drug use)
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Petra Wright
as Claire
John Spafford
as Jonathon
Joshua Spafford
as Jonathan
Joey Kern
as Tommy
Evan Neumann
as Guy Who Asks for His $ Back
John A. MacKay
as Mitchell
Ben Tolpin
as Guy at College Party
Lee Cobb
as Stepfather
Tommy Nohilly
as Undercover Cop
Jeff Ward
as Stunt Cop No.1
Keith Siglinger
as Stunt Cop No.2
Evan Neuman
as Guy Who Asks for his Money Back
T.J. Kenneally
as Executive No.1
Sam Zuckerman
as Executive No.2
Jordan Lage
as Car Salesman
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Critic Reviews for XX/XY

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (28)

With its talky and theatricalized depiction of cruelties mutually inflicted by financially comfortable good-looking young white people on each other, XX/XY at times recalls a slightly more full-blooded Neil LaBute movie.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Rarely does a fine movie like this have so awkward a title.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ruffalo continues to be one of the most intriguing actors of his generation.

May 28, 2003
Top Critic

There's probably a movie in XX/XY, but director Austin Chick doesn't seem to have found it.

May 23, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

XX/XY expresses and explores this universal yearning without becoming stuck in it. In this and many other respects, few movies are so mature and satisfying.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

It never addresses the underlying issue on which those relationships hinge: Is Coles still in love with Sam, or is he just in love with what she represents.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for XX/XY

Short and sweet that sneaks in a nice dose of reality. Surprising in our world of immediate gratification, how trust is so much sexier!

Stacy Kuta
Stacy Kuta

Okay...had potential to be better...very interesting plot but executed in a mediocre fashion...Ruffalo good as usual...

Shawn Miller
Shawn Miller

A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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