• 1 hr 23 min
  • Drama
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88

TV Guide

A mesmerizing odyssey through the mind of a uniquely talented performer, as well as through one of the gorier chapters of modern history.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Gray's haunted, obsessional riffs are absorbing theater. Because Demme had the good sense to lay back and not beat them over the head with his cameras, they're equally compelling on film. [27 Mar 1987]
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Mr. Gray's feature-length monologue brings people, places and things so vibrantly to life that they're very nearly visible on the screen.
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80

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
It's not the monotonous, neurotic's ego trip you'd imagine, but a karate-chop crawl against a rising tide of complacency.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This curious idea for a movie actually works.
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70

Washington Post

As lectures go, this may be the most fun one yet.
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70

Variety

Spalding Gray's free-associating recollection of his experiences in Thailand during the making of The Killing Fields had an exhilarating immediacy which is mostly absent in this compressed filmed performance of Swimming to Cambodia.
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50

Chicago Reader

Very much a matter of shared taste and attitude, but cultural outsiders had best beware.
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30

Time

By Richard Schickel
His is a dispassionate sensibility, and he is not a strong enough actor - nor has he a strong enough intelligence - to fight his way out of the false analogy he has drawn between moviemaking and tragic history in the making.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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