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  • Summary: A refreshing coming-of-age comedy about a young man who realizes he is gay. (TLA Releasing)
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  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 its moments of comic relief overly exaggerated and at odds with its realistic tone, Dorian Blues is at its best at its most serious.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    Bardwell manages a sincere portrait of what it's like to be young and closeted.
  4. Inconsequential but intermittently charming.
  5. The movie's third act goes astray as the storyline shifts to Dorian's dating problems, which seem an overextended tangent to his coming-out story. Still, the film has a lot of playful dialogue and pixillated montages.
  6. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    Doesn't transcend the yawner template of coming-out films.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Has a terrible air of been-there/done-that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  1. alejandroc.
    Sep 27, 2005
    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
    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