'The Crying Game' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   51 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    After luring us into what appears to be a classic they-gazed-at-each-other-across-an-empty-bar romantic setup, Jordan undermines our expectations so thoroughly that it's as if we've rediscovered our innocence as moviegoers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    Full Review » 21 years ago
  • Vincent Canby New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The physical production is as lush as the film's romantic longings.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    100
    The Crying Game ventures into such exquisitely unique territory that you feel giddy from the pleasure of being allowed to travel along.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Reasons remain to watch this movie: the development of Fergus and the fine performances, most notably Whitaker and Richardson, who plays her character with just the right number of screws loose.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    If you're waiting for something explosive to happen, that may be the case, but if you're absorbing the meticulous and subtle character interaction, the pacing is perfect.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    Review Those unacquainted with The Crying Game should note that it is well acted, original in intent rather than execution, and in possession of a narrative about-turn so insane that the film is guaranteed a place in cinematic history.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    92
    Neil Jordan's daring, mesmerizing film combines a Hitchcockian thriller and a spellbinding love story with a twist set against intriguing political circumstances; don't reveal the ending to your friends.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tasha Robinson AV Club
    The Crying Game's effectiveness comes not from the big reveal, but from the expertly crafted story that frames it and makes it into a meaningful reversal rather than a sudden isolated shock.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Barry McIlheney Empire Magazine
    80
    A finely-acted, sensitively-written tale of an IRA gunman finding some sort of redemption in the arms of a British soldier's lover.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    Tthe film does work, raises a plethora of questions concerning loyalty, violence and the nature of desire, and is in some respects a summation of the various themes that have emerged from Jordan's work.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    100
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael Szymanski International Press Academy
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Clint Morris Film Threat
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Sanford Kalamazoo Gazette
    80
    Even if you know the big surprise, it's a compelling drama
    Full Review » 10 years ago