Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. After two hours of Vera's pretty but wet-blanket direction, it's too late to ignite any fireworks, even in the hands of such capable actors.
  2. 80
    It goes beyond sympathy and authenticity to insight as it examines the plight of a man who loves a man but feels he must love a woman.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    The gay sex in Second Skin is vividly displayed and erotically charged, while the heterosexual material is presented discreetly.
  4. 40
    Lukewarm melodrama disappoints.
  5. Vera has created a provocative, absorbing drama that reveals the curse of a self-hatred instilled by rigid social mores.
  6. Vera's technical prowess ends up selling his film short; he smoothes over hard truths even as he uncovers them.
  7. So sudsy it should have been rinsed off before being allowed into theaters.
  8. 38
    But by the time events unfold, viewers will most likely have given up on this melodramatic.
  9. The movie is quiet, modest and sympathetic almost to a fault; its scenes of emotional discord, accompanied by a swooning, sniffling score, seem best suited to cable television. It's like a Lifetime movie about men.
  10. 40
    Despite some strong performances, never rises above the level of a telanovela.
  11. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Starts out slow but ends up engaging both heart and mind, despite occasional slips into straight melodrama.
  12. 30
    Apparently reassembled from the cutting-room floor of any given daytime soap.

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