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M. Butterfly

Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence.

R In Theaters 03/15/1994 , 101min.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
David Cronenberg's film version of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, is no more successful in solving it than any other versions of this fantastic tale have been.... "The Crying Game" it's not. [09 Oct 1993] Full Review
James Berardinelli
The movie, however, seems to make the wrong decision at almost every opportunity, trying for the kind of melodramatic tragedy that only works in opera. Full Review
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
M. Butterfly as idiosyncratic as Mr. Cronenberg's work always is, is sometimes too flat and ambiguous for its own good. Full Review
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
Cronenberg's direction is technically impressive, but he's better suited to stories based on surges of feeling between killers, not lovers. This M. Butterfly never takes wing. [08 Oct 1993] Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
After sitting through M. Butterfly, you'll wonder why they even bothered to try. [01 Oct 1993] Full Review

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