Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. As a sharky, gay TV journalist investigating the story, Tom Selleck charms by playing in contrast to his own determinedly hetero persona.
  2. 88
    The butt of the hilarious and heartfelt screenplay by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey) is homophobia, and his sting is wickedly on target.
  3. 88
    This is a rare, "feel good" motion picture that doesn't insult our intelligence while making its play for our emotions.
  4. Reviewed by: Maria Schneider
    80
    Screenwriter Paul Rudnick could be the closest thing 1990s Hollywood has to Preston Sturges, and in this era of Jim Carrey's slapstick seizures and Adam Sandler's deliberate anti-cleverness, it's a welcome thing. His In & Out is a smoothly paced, often wildly funny tale.
  5. Deliver laughs and skewer a few stereotypes, thanks to extremely sly wit and a fine cast.
  6. 80
    Hilarious ... It's dishy, but not swishy.
  7. My advice: Go; see; laugh yourself silly.
  8. 75
    The result is one of the jollier comedies of the year, a movie so mainstream that you can almost watch it backing away from confrontation, a film aimed primarily at a middle-American heterosexual audience.
  9. Combines a celebration of tolerance with an affirmation of family and community values, and a surprising amount of laugh-out-loud hilarity.
  10. 70
    The movie swirls around Kline a little too much -- he's a brilliant comic actor, but he isn't allowed to cut loose as much as we'd like, to show us the slightly loony person we know is lurking beneath this ultrasane. character's veneer.
  11. 70
    Kline, Debbie Reynolds (as his mom) and Tom Selleck are all wonderful. But it's the always amazing Cusack, playing the baffled Emily, who steals the film in a smooth transition from wide-eyed fiancée to possibly wronged woman, a role she essays with a perfect balance of wounded-ness and comedic aplomb.
  12. Klein's the perfect actor to play Howard--a man so actory he probably signs his checks in that thin movie-poster type.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Aside from Dillon, who brightens every scene he's in, the delightful surprise here is Selleck, who brings wonderfully mischievous, energizing and self-deprecating qualities to the role of the dirt-digging but ultimately on-the-level broadcaster.
  14. Even if the movie is not a work of comic - or philosophical - genius, its existence does foretell of tolerance gaining a foothold in a largely intolerant world.
  15. 60
    It's not about sex -- it's about Barbra and Bette and the Village People: That's the lesson of this cheerful, mainstream comedy about tabloid TV, Hollywood sophistry and family values that finally gets discussion about gay people out of the bedroom and into the record store, where it belongs.
  16. May provide a service by making gay issues innocuous and funny and more acceptable to a broader audience, but Rudnick's play-it-safe script and Frank Oz's antiseptic direction manage instead to trivialize the subject.
  17. The movie gradually peters out.
  18. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    40
    Far too light and reliant on the Hollywood romantic clich_ to explore its topic intelligently, and - appropriately enough - leaves Kline looking like a Muppet.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 5, 2014
    7
    Over-the-top gay fun! It's deep and powerful themes are hidden amongst great laughs and an almost coming-of-age/coming-out-of-the-closet story. Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck kiss for ten seconds--do you need more of a reason? Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2014
    6
    A commercially successful mainstream out-of-the-closet comedy in the 90s mocking the stereotypical homophobia in the provincial midwestern America, directed by the voice-of-Yoda, Frank Oz (THE STEPFORD WIVIES 2004, 4/10), and stars a dapper Kevin Cline as Howard Brackett, a high school English teacher being outed on the 68th Oscar ceremony by his former student Cameron Drake (Dillon) in his BEST ACTOR acceptance speech, in addition to that, he is scheduled to marry his longtime fiancée Emily (Cusack) within three days.

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  3. Sep 5, 2010
    10
    In & Out is a great movie. The combination of Kevin Kline as a gay teacher who's never known he's gay until his wedding day and Tom Selleck as a gay reporter who proves it to him are what makes In & Out the masterpiece it is. This is a great movie. Don't miss it. Full Review »