Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
  2. 100
    Builds into a moment of such gorgeous rocking that you truly lose yourself in some musical otherworld you never dreamed you'd reach in current films.
  3. 100
    The sight of Hedwig and his band transforming a trashy trailer into a glitter-rock stage during "Wig in a Box" was so exhilarating I almost leapt out of my seat. The movie is pure theater, as it should be.
  4. 100
    Mitchell retools his play magnificently, opening it up into a vibrant cinematic work.
  5. 100
    On the screen, the rip-roaring rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch retains all the excitement and energy it had on stage while adding depth, clarity and emotional texture.
  6. Clever, funny, wildly innovative film.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Epstein
    100
    This extraordinary flight from the humdrum is not to be missed.
  8. 100
    The story is told so passionately that it demands as much of you as it does of its performers, all of whom are up there, giving everything.
  9. 100
    The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already.
  10. Mitchell directs and stars in the riotous, loving, and only occasionally pathos-milking film adaptation of his own acclaimed Off Broadway play, with great up-your-ante music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
  11. John Cameron Mitchell credits Plato as the inspiration for his rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Now Mitchell has turned his play into a raucous, touching celebration of a film.
  12. 90
    Mitchell gives this post-punk, neo-glam rock extravaganza everything in his loaded arsenal of talents. He gets the sound right, the look right, the fun right and - this is crucial - the pain right.
  13. Offers an enormous amount of pure silly fun for the entire non-nuclear family, no matter what gender they may be.
  14. 90
    Mitchell, who also directed and wrote the screenplay, originally created this glorious rock opera for the stage with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask.
  15. 88
    It's a positive hat trick by John Cameron Mitchell.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    If you thought ''Moulin Rouge,'' or, for that matter, ''Tommy,'' was trippy, Hedwig, with its glorious convergence of material and performer, will show you what you've been missing.
  18. This is Mitchell's show, and his performance lives up to his triple billing as writer, director and star.
  19. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Ever hear of a rock musical that actually rocked? John Cameron Mitchell's glorious adaptation of his acclaimed Off-Broadway show might be a first.
  20. 75
    There's some kind of pulse of sincerity beating below the glittering surface, and it may come from Mitchell's own life story.
  21. 75
    (Mitchell's) Hansel may be small-boned and soft-featured in an androgynous way, but his Hedwig is a force of nature, burned out and jaded yet brimming with compassion and bursting with energy.
  22. Cameron's imaginative directing and screen-shaking performance give this rock musical plenty of oomph.
  23. 75
    There's a lot more at work in this raucously entertaining movie than cross-dressing clichés.
  24. The production is fantastically funny, high-energy camp, punctuated by Trask's infectious score and by Mitchell, dressing in a succession of wigs twice the size of his body.
  25. This drag-queen melodrama, like its star, perseveres.
  26. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    Falters in its final 15 minutes, when the funny lines peter out and the flashbacks get fuzzy.
  27. A screen spectacle that beseeches its audience for adoration and mass acceptance.
  28. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Despite some imaginative packaging too often proves a drag in more than the sartorial sense. Taking Mitchell's sketchy book far too seriously, the movie grows leaden between its terrific songs.
  29. 40
    It's this strategy (however unconscious), and not simply a lack of directing talent, that makes Hedwig so relentlessly assaultive, heavy-handed, and emotionally monochromatic.

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