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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The actors could not be better. Sarsgaard, Scott and the luminous Clarkson negotiate the film's razor-sharp laughs and bone-deep tragedy with resonant skill. Lucas' powerfully haunting film gets under your skin. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Dying Gaul has the best kind of story in that it unfolds as a series of surprises, and yet every step, twist and turn seems inevitable in retrospect. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    These are three characters in search of a moral pulse. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Before it disappears into a fog of confusion and damaging contradictions within its characters, The Dying Gaul presents an ironic, provocative look at what its creator, Craig Lucas, calls a postmodern Hollywood noir. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The Dying Gaul stays interesting even when it asks more and more--too much, probably--of the audience's disbelief suspension. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Exchanging Buddhist mantras like diet tips, they thoughtlessly destroy themselves after destroying each other. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It leads to one of those endings where you sit there wishing they'd tried a little harder to think up something better. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The heavily symbolic The Dying Gaul doubtless worked better as a play, but the film is worth seeing for its peerless cast. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The film builds into a lurid and suspenseful thriller. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    The Dying Gaul is Craig Lucas's film directing debut, and it's impressive. The film never feels one bit like a stage adaptation. show more

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