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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    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 audience realize the layers he brought to Molina's role-playing. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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 been duplicated in the movies since. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tells one of those rare and entrancing stories where one thing seems to happen while another thing is really happening. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    One of the most intriguing prison dramas ever put on film. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It packs an emotional punch despite shortcomings of story and style. show more

  • 90
    F. X. Feeney L.A. Weekly

    Leonard Schrader adapted the screenplay from the novel by Manuel Puig, and his fearless willingness to explore every corner of human nature serves what is greatest and sweetest in the performances of William Hurt and Raul Julia. show more

  • 80

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

  • 80
    Gregory Weinkauf New Times (L.A.)

    Powerful, sensuous and thematically hokey transsexual adventure. show more

  • 70
    Leslie Camhi Village Voice

    Appears strangely dated, and its unspecified location seems existentially hokey. show more

  • 70
    Chicago Reader

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

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