100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Rea and Davidson are incomparably good in an exceptional film that is by turns darkly funny and deeply affecting. Though Jordan's control sometimes falters, it's a small price to pay for his daring.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Simultaneously a tough, haunting, lyrical, hopeful film, and the tears it wants us to shed are an alloy of sorrow and joy - cleansing tears, the kind that alter the rules and dignify the game.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of a very few films that wants to do something unexpected and challenging, and succeeds even beyond its ambitions. See this film. Then shut up about it.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
By the time The Crying Game is over, you'll never look at beauty in quite the same way.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
Persistently upends expectations without insult, as it pulls you into a netherworld filled with yearning, whimsy, and danger. [15 Dec 1992, p.A16(E)]
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88

Chicago Tribune

A crackling good movie. [18 Dec 1992]
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
As is often the case with European films, the acting is superlative...The real standout, however, is newcomer Jaye Davidson, whose performance is, without exaggeration, stunning...Not to be missed.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a movie filled with surprises, including one outright kick in the head that qualifies as one of the biggest movie moments of 1992. [18 Dec 1992]
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Parts of the film are flatly directed...It certainly keeps the audience guessing, though, and few movies explode so many stereotypes. [31 Dec 1992]
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90 out of 100
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