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  • Summary: A re-release of the 1985 drama starring William Hurt and Raul Julia as a gay window trimmer and a political activist locked together in South American prison cell.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Don't be too quick to jump on Hurt with complaints of old-fashioned gay stereotyping. Only with a development well into the movie will the audience realize the layers he brought to Molina's role-playing.
  2. 90
    Leonard Schrader adapted the screenplay from the novel by Manuel Puig, and his fearless willingness to explore every corner of human nature serves what is greatest and sweetest in the performances of William Hurt and Raul Julia.
  3. 88
    Tells one of those rare and entrancing stories where one thing seems to happen while another thing is really happening.
  4. Powerful, sensuous and thematically hokey transsexual adventure.
  5. One of the most intriguing prison dramas ever put on film.
  6. It packs an emotional punch despite shortcomings of story and style.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    70
    The film's theme of acceptance is undercut considerably by Hurt's overcalculated performance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6