• Released
  • June 17, 2001
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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70

The A.V. Club

The lurching plot goes off the rails about two-thirds of the way through, when Dodge's instability and her mother-quest supersede the mild criminal hijinks, but the film's acting is consistently exciting and unselfconscious.
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60

The New York Times

By Dave Kehr
The essential humanity of the characters shines through, giving face and form to a subculture the movies have largely neglected.
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50

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
The kind of film that requires a lot of work and patience on behalf of the viewer, not to mention a willingness to set aside prejudices and the fear inherent when we meet people different from us. As such, while you may not necessarily like By Hook or By Crook, you won't forget it, either.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
An appealing, if decidedly unconventional, buddy picture that seems to channel "Midnight Cowboy" while going its own quirky way.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Not particularly good -- meaning navigable, remotely entertaining, pleasing to the eye -- it does, rather nobly, want to hip its audience to gender fluidity.
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50

Village Voice

Long, inchoate scenes are burdened by overwrought plotlines -- But the film is buoyed by moments of pleasure, too.
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40

Variety

By Robert Koehler
No movie like this about friendship between two young lesbians and their various adventures, punctuated with laissez-faire jump-cutting, should be this boring.
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Has a promising start. But it quickly becomes tiresome and cliché-ridden - not to mention depressing and pointless.
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47 out of 100
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