Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    The lurching plot goes off the rails about two-thirds of the way through, when Dodge's instability and her mother-quest supersede the mild criminal hijinks, but the film's acting is consistently exciting and unselfconscious.
  2. 60
    The essential humanity of the characters shines through, giving face and form to a subculture the movies have largely neglected.
  3. 50
    Not particularly good -- meaning navigable, remotely entertaining, pleasing to the eye -- it does, rather nobly, want to hip its audience to gender fluidity.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    An appealing, if decidedly unconventional, buddy picture that seems to channel "Midnight Cowboy" while going its own quirky way.
  5. 50
    The kind of film that requires a lot of work and patience on behalf of the viewer, not to mention a willingness to set aside prejudices and the fear inherent when we meet people different from us. As such, while you may not necessarily like By Hook or By Crook, you won't forget it, either.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Long, inchoate scenes are burdened by overwrought plotlines -- But the film is buoyed by moments of pleasure, too.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    No movie like this about friendship between two young lesbians and their various adventures, punctuated with laissez-faire jump-cutting, should be this boring.
  8. 25
    Has a promising start. But it quickly becomes tiresome and cliché-ridden - not to mention depressing and pointless.

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