Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 23, 2011
    75
    The title leaves no doubt about the ending but, thanks to Santos's unflinching performance and Rodrigues's continued audaciousness, the climax still takes us aback.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Apr 8, 2011
    40
    Strictly for patient, gay-friendly audiences, this drawn-out melodrama about an ageing drag star in overstays its welcome.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Apr 8, 2011
    25
    The praise for this static, overlong, stagebound work is a mystery to me.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 7, 2011
    70
    For all its melodrama To Die Like a Man is a not a tearjerker. Its gaze into the void is as unblinking as that of the H.I.V.-positive 60-year-old hustler in Jacques Nolot's even more hard-headed film, "Before I Forget."
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 7, 2011
    75
    To Die Like A Man is powerfully controlled, and builds to a moving finale in which the characters are stripped down to their essences: no flowers, just stem.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 7, 2011
    91
    To Die Like a Man deserves your attention for showcasing a filmmaker with the capacity for bold narrative trickery that doesn't come at the expense of emotional investment.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 6, 2011
    80
    The film suddenly gains in power, until it fulfills the promise of its title with hard-hitting compassion and a crystal-clear sense of grace.
  8. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Apr 5, 2011
    80
    A mysterious, fabulously sad fable.

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