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  • Summary: A French diplomat (Irons) in China falls in love with the star (Lone) of the Beijing Opera, who is really a man.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    100
    The exceptional story of a low-level diplomat who had a 20-year affair with a man he thought was a woman, is, in Cronenberg's hands, turned into a beguiling masterpiece on the question of self-deception. [01 Oct 1993]
  2. 63
    M. Butterfly does not take hold the way the stage play did.
  3. M. Butterfly as idiosyncratic as Mr. Cronenberg's work always is, is sometimes too flat and ambiguous for its own good.
  4. 50
    Despite the sheer gorgeousness, it ends up feeling false and, towards the end, rushed.
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    The end result, while not entirely unrewarding, is another step away from the singular vision Cronenberg once expressed even in his marginal works.
  6. 40
    David Cronenberg's film version of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, is no more successful in solving it than any other versions of this fantastic tale have been.... "The Crying Game" it's not. [09 Oct 1993]
  7. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    0
    Director David Cronenberg has made a movie about a man who apparently needs to get his eyes checked. [08 Oct 1993]

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