Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: October 8, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
86
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 33 Critics
Positive:
32
Mixed:
1
Negative:
0
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88
A weeper poised to endure as one of the dominant independent features of the year.
88
A haunting, superbly made film. But it's also an unrelentingly sad and depressing experience.
88
To say this bone-chilling, gut-turning feature is "The Crying Game"-meets-"In Cold Blood." But this is a film - writer/director Peirce's first - that matches those pictures in power, in surprise, and in unnerving drama.
83
A kick to the heart, and Swank is a marvel. Any problems in the storytelling are more than balanced by her wholly committed work.
80
A shockingly intimate and deeply affecting film about the roots of sexual role playing.
65
It's essentially a play-by-play of events that's so cheaply made it reeks of made-for-TV status.
63
Too sketchy about her protagonist's interior life, and too fast and loose with the details of this story, to make much of an impact beyond its initial shock.