100

San Francisco Chronicle

As finely crafted as a great work of literature.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The shots are beautifully composed, the editing paces the process of self-discovery, the dialogue is spare and heartfelt, the performances are deeply human -- especially by Efron.
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83

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The word "hermaphrodite" is never actually uttered, for instance, and the whole topic is revealed obliquely, mostly through the puzzled eyes of Alvaro. Most impressively, a tale that could have been handled with condescending simplicity becomes a testament to the flawed but noble humanity of both parents and children.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The acting is uniformly strong, the visual approach self-effacingly honest.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Efron's remarkable performance as a wild child who seems to truly exist somewhere betwixt and between is riveting.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Ines Efron and Martin Piroyanski give strong performances as Alex and Alvaro, respectively. Debuting director Lucia Puenzo, who co-scripted, tackles a dicey subject with sensitivity and taste.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
If XXY is imagistically too programmatic (a scene of carrots being sliced is typical of its Freudian heavy-handedness) and devoid of humor, it never seems pruriently exploitative. It sustains an unsettling mood of ambiguity that lingers long after the final credits.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
The story of a young hermaphrodite who's not sure if she's emotionally a boy or a girl manages to be both raw-edged and moving.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The grown-ups in Lucia Puenzo's XXY are a glum lot.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's set at a beach house, but we see only gray skies, and though Efron has a wary and cutting intelligence (it matches that of the fine actor Ricardo Darin, who plays her father), the effect is tepid and damp.
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67 out of 100
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