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  • Summary: A refreshing coming-of-age comedy about a young man who realizes he is gay. (TLA Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 70
    Dorian Blues covers extremely familiar territory, but does so with low-key wit and ingratiating charm.
  2. With some gentle humor that will delight the "Napoleon Dynamite" set, Dorian Blues lights a natural little footpath between two ways of living.
  3. 60
    It doesn't open up much new territory, except to eschew much of the dark, frank sexuality that has characterized such recent sexual coming-of-age movies as "Mysterious Skin." Instead, Bardwell offers a cheerful, if sometimes strenuously earnest, take on a subject that seems overdue for a lighthearted touch.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    60
    Bardwell manages a sincere portrait of what it's like to be young and closeted.
  5. 50
    Even if the story is hackneyed, it's hackneyed in a warm and universal way.
  6. The buoyant McMillan is a charming presence, but he's entirely miscast as a character described as moody and angry.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    20
    Has a terrible air of been-there/done-that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. alejandroc.
    Sep 27, 2005
    9
    My friends and I stumbled upon this movie and thought it was just wonderful. Its like a homemade cake, flawed yes, but so much better than My friends and I stumbled upon this movie and thought it was just wonderful. Its like a homemade cake, flawed yes, but so much better than the mass produced stuff. I'm surprized by the lukewarm critical reaction. All of us saw a little of ourselves in this film, and it made us laugh. That's a big accomplishement in and of itself! Expand
  2. BillB.
    Sep 27, 2007
    5
    It's sad to realize that Dorian Blues had the potential to be a great movie. Dorian is the most inhibited gay character ever on film. It's sad to realize that Dorian Blues had the potential to be a great movie. Dorian is the most inhibited gay character ever on film. There is nothing about him that suggests he's gay. The brother Nicky actually tries to de-homofy him by teaching him to act straight, which is very wrong and very homophobic. The whole heterofying aspect of this movie ruins it. Otherwise there are great lines in the movie and thoughtfulness throughout that had the potential to make this into a great film. Obviously this movie is too cozy for straights. It was not made for gays but for straights. Expand

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