Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 4, 2014
    A sly conceptual coup d’art and a deeply sincere exploration of masculinity and its discontents, with a little hot sex thrown in.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Apr 10, 2014
    A Rubik's Cube of a movie, an intriguing, layered puzzle that isn't easily solved.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jan 3, 2014
    Franco has finally delivered a side project that does at least some justice to his eclectic artistic ambitions.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 23, 2013
    As a fleeting essay on sexual biases, it encourages a thoughtful debate, but leaves too many questions dangling to solidify into much beyond a dashed experiment.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 1, 2014
    Unfocused lapses aside, though, the film is intriguing and discomforting in equal measure, using its brief running time to frame thoughtful, boundary-pushing questions.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Mar 4, 2014
    With Travis Mathews's help, James Franco's persona forms a kind of symmetry: 1980's dubious homophobia against 2013's risible homophilia.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jan 4, 2014
    So what are you looking at, really? Is the movie a bait-and-switch? Probably. The film has fun with the idea that nobody would have gotten involved were it not for the chance to work with James Franco and perhaps perform in a sex scene with James Franco (there are no sex scenes involving James Franco, if you were wondering).
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 6, 2014
    We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it’s the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke.
  9. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jan 2, 2014
    Interior. Leather Bar.’s intriguing curiosity provides ample food for thought, in part because it’s the rare film that devotes much of its running time to its own principals discussing what, if anything, the film ultimately means.
  10. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 4, 2014
    Brief yet underdeveloped, Interior. Leather Bar. has a faux-documentary vibe about it.
  11. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 23, 2013
    While Leather Bar will surely make some viewers itchy, its most compelling subject isn't whether straight guys can stand to watch one man pleasuring another. More interesting is the question of what would make this project art as opposed to porn.
  12. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 6, 2014
    It largely consists of Franco musing about depictions of homosexual activity on film. As well as gay cast members speculating whether Franco will take off his clothes and perform in explicit footage. He doesn’t.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Gibbs
    Dec 23, 2013
    Interior. Leather Bar ultimately rings hollow in its diatribe and agenda because its chief instigator refuses to open up.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 23, 2013
    A partly authentic, partly scripted behind-the-scenes featurette that never quite conveys the star’s “high/curious” interest in all things taboo.
  15. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jan 2, 2014
    It's a particularly risible nothing whose premise alone betrays the paucity of Franco's imagination and wit.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Mar 22, 2015
    More premise than film, INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR seems to want to shock but it can't. There's simply nothing there. The less said the betterMore premise than film, INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR seems to want to shock but it can't. There's simply nothing there. The less said the better about this total misfire made by people with very little on their mind other than to riff on other people's far better works. See CRUISING instead. It may be a mess, but CRUISING is also some kind of masterpiece of its time and unlike INTERIOR has too much on its mind rather than too little or almost nothing. Full Review »
  2. May 12, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Very interesting commentary on Hollywood and American society discomfort with homosexuality and gay sex. Franco brilliantly explores how taboo is the depiction of gay sex on film. The film is actually a documentary on shooting the alleged 40 minutes from Friedkin's 'Cruising' but that is just the jumping point of this intellectually stimulating conversation on Gay America. Full Review »
  3. Mar 23, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. At the outset of this film it feels like a real-time documentary about the attempt to make an imagined reconstruction of these cut 40 minutes. There are only a couple of minutes of this recreation, because the film is really just "about the making of" (that is, the process) rather than any result. By the end you feel as if the entire spontaneous interviews are in fact carefully planned. Franco is just one of the producers, but his name creates desire among his Hollywood friends who feel any of his expectoration is genius (which serves to underscore the lack of intelligence in Hollywood). His explanation of why he wants to create this film (that it's an act of breaking down the barriers that social customs have imposed on us) sounds like any immature adolescent. That Franco thinks he's breaking any barriers shows his shocking ignorance of anything that came before him. Ultimately it's an act of navel-gazing. Full Review »