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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 88
    TV Guide

    A mesmerizing odyssey through the mind of a uniquely talented performer, as well as through one of the gorier chapters of modern history. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Gray's haunted, obsessional riffs are absorbing theater. Because Demme had the good sense to lay back and not beat them over the head with his cameras, they're equally compelling on film. [27 Mar 1987] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This curious idea for a movie actually works. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    Mr. Gray's feature-length monologue brings people, places and things so vibrantly to life that they're very nearly visible on the screen. show more

  • 80
    Rita Kempley Washington Post

    It's not the monotonous, neurotic's ego trip you'd imagine, but a karate-chop crawl against a rising tide of complacency. show more

  • 70

    Spalding Gray's free-associating recollection of his experiences in Thailand during the making of The Killing Fields had an exhilarating immediacy which is mostly absent in this compressed filmed performance of Swimming to Cambodia. show more

  • 70
    Washington Post

    As lectures go, this may be the most fun one yet. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Reader

    Very much a matter of shared taste and attitude, but cultural outsiders had best beware. show more

  • 30
    Richard Schickel Time

    His is a dispassionate sensibility, and he is not a strong enough actor - nor has he a strong enough intelligence - to fight his way out of the false analogy he has drawn between moviemaking and tragic history in the making. show more

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