• Released
  • July 27, 2001
  • Detective Film
    Gay & Lesbian Films
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Less elliptical and more down-and-dirty than Lang's interesting debut film, ''The Well,'' this one tumbles through Sydney's academic and alternative poetry circles and is built around a lesbian private eye.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Paula Nechak
It isn't quite like watching a train wreck -- it's more perverse and anti-climactic -- but it's as hard to shake once it's passed.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Kelly McGillis quite literally as you've never seen her -- as a manipulative, icy sex goddess in whose bedroom there are no limits.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Makes for compulsive viewing.
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Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
It is awkward and dull, a capital crime for an aspiring noir.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
McGillis, though, is the film's worst enemy. Her wooden attempts to recreate Kathleen Turner circa 1981 undermine too many scenes.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The plot itself isn't really strong enough to stand alone. And that leaves the film an essentially conventional whodunit, if one with a rather unconventional sleuth at its center.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Poetry, lesbian sex and murder might be a killer combination if a deadly pace weren't included in the mix.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Remarkably sluggish and not particularly suspenseful.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The Monkey's Mask is filmed with an eye toward an arthouse sheen, although Lang's dramatic pacing is sluggish and dull.
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49 out of 100
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