Kiss of the Spider Woman Synopsis
A homosexual film-buff (William Hurt) and a rebel (Raul Julia) share a prison cell in Latin America.
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80
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Don't be too quick to jump on Hurt with complaints of old-fashioned gay stereotyping. Only with a development well into the movie will the...
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90

L.A. Weekly

By F. X. Feeney
Leonard Schrader adapted the screenplay from the novel by Manuel Puig, and his fearless willingness to explore every corner of human nature...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Each man winds up owing the other -- and the enormity of the sacrifices they make on one another's behalf are quite moving and have not...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Tells one of those rare and entrancing stories where one thing seems to happen while another thing is really happening.
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80

Variety

Some will find him (Hurt) mesmerizing, others artificially lowkeyed.
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80

New Times (L.A.)

By Gregory Weinkauf
Powerful, sensuous and thematically hokey transsexual adventure.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the most intriguing prison dramas ever put on film.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It packs an emotional punch despite shortcomings of story and style.
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70

Chicago Reader

The film's theme of acceptance is undercut considerably by Hurt's overcalculated performance.
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70

Village Voice

By Leslie Camhi
Appears strangely dated, and its unspecified location seems existentially hokey.
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