Southern Comfort

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. The film defuses all preconceptions about the ''issues'' of transsexual identity to arrive at a place of tremulous human power.
  2. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    88
    Less grim than it sounds, Southern Comfort ends on a note of triumph for its endearing, gender-bending hero.
  3. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Works so beautifully because Davis doesn't try to turn Eads and his friends into walking soapboxes for transgendered people.
  4. 80
    Eads's wit, generosity, insight, and courage are irresistible.
  5. This capably made HBO documentary takes an understated and compassionate look at a subject that is often sensationalized in other contexts.
  6. 70
    Southern Comfort sent shock waves through this year's Sundance Film Festival, even though it is as much about generosity and courage and tolerance as it is about a potentially discomforting subject.
  7. 70
    Fascinating documentary.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. AdamA
    Sep 25, 2005
    9
    This is a courageous, poignant, groundbreaking film. Through the filmmaker's lens, we see the shockingly ordinary humanity of a This is a courageous, poignant, groundbreaking film. Through the filmmaker's lens, we see the shockingly ordinary humanity of a misunderstood and oppressed population. The film might have benefited from interviews with self-proclaimed "religious fundamentalists," whose vitriol toward simple, good-hearted folks would present an enlightening contrast. Full Review »