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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Rea and Davidson are incomparably good in an exceptional film that is by turns darkly funny and deeply affecting. Though Jordan's control sometimes falters, it's a small price to pay for his daring. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a movie filled with surprises, including one outright kick in the head that qualifies as one of the biggest movie moments of 1992. [18 Dec 1992] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992] show more

  • 90
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    Persistently upends expectations without insult, as it pulls you into a netherworld filled with yearning, whimsy, and danger. [15 Dec 1992, p.A16(E)] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of a very few films that wants to do something unexpected and challenging, and succeeds even beyond its ambitions. See this film. Then shut up about it. show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Simultaneously a tough, haunting, lyrical, hopeful film, and the tears it wants us to shed are an alloy of sorrow and joy - cleansing tears, the kind that alter the rules and dignify the game. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    A crackling good movie. [18 Dec 1992] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    As is often the case with European films, the acting is superlative...The real standout, however, is newcomer Jaye Davidson, whose performance is, without exaggeration, stunning...Not to be missed. show more

  • 63
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Parts of the film are flatly directed...It certainly keeps the audience guessing, though, and few movies explode so many stereotypes. [31 Dec 1992] show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    Thematic issues aside, The Crying Game pulls off a tremendously difficult technical feat; its screenplay contains not one, but two, wrenching twists, each of which could easily derail the narrative in the hands of a lesser storyteller. show more

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