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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie is one big in-joke. It's watchable, but eventually wears you down with its over-the-top cleverness. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Director Wisit Sasanatieng uses every trick imaginable to create surreal postmodern nostalgia. Has he wound up with pure camp, or a cult classic? As he clearly understands, the best B-movies are both. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    What do you get when you mix a Douglas Sirk melodrama with a Sergio Leone Western? Tears of the Black Tiger, a high-camp Western from, of all places, Thailand. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A parody of and winking homage to the history of Thai melodrama, Wisit Sasanatieng's uproarious filmmaking debut exuberantly combines pop and kitsch with a wholesome belief in the thrills of bad art. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The result is something so old it's new, so corny it's funny. And while Tears of the Black Tiger is nothing more than entertaining, at least it's that. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A delirious fever dream of pulp-western conventions by way of 1950s Hollywood melodrama, Thai filmmaker Wisit Sasanatieng surreal oddity unfolds in heavily manipulated colors so rich they seem ready to leap off the screen, punctuated by spasms of over-ripe dialogue, floridly dramatic songs and maniacal villainous laughter. show more

  • 78
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    If Tears is indeed too weird to take America by storm – Miramax bought the film after Cannes and shelved it until it is now being released by Magnolia – it should neither be considered a cult item, approachable only to film nerds (though they will appreciate it best). show more

  • 83
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It has a tendency to overextend its outrageous arias, but this pop-art confection both spoofs and celebrates the crazy conventions of movie melodramas and genre cinema with pure affection. show more

  • 25
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A few more films like Tears of the Black Tiger, and kitsch will be on its way to having a bad name. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Nothing is too crazed, corny, or freakishly florid for Tears of the Black Tiger. The debut of writer-director Wisit Sasanatieng is a delightfully unabashed affair, conceived in such good, giddy spirits it might have been called "Blissfully Yours." show more

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