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  • Summary: Unable to get an acting job, Michael Dorsey (Hoffman) becomes Dorothy Michaels and gets a part in a New York soap opera.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. 100
    This movie gets you coming and going.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    This year's miracle is called Tootsie. It is not just the best comedy of the year; it is popular art on the way to becoming cultural artifact.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Remarkably funny and entirely convincing, film pulls off the rare accomplishment of being an in-drag comedy which also emerges with three-dimensional characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    Tootsie, the story of a man who liberates himself by masquerading as a woman, is the funniest, most revealing comedy since "Annie Hall." [17 Dec 1982]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    As hilarious as it is touching and tasteful at the same time, Tootsie will offend no one and uplift anyone who watches it.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Rather than confront what it sets up, it takes the one joke and runs - till it runs out of steam.
  7. 60
    There are several solid laughs and some excellent supporting performances. But this is a film to be wary of.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. MKM
    Jun 4, 2008
    One of the all-time best comedy/ love stories. It's in my desert island bag.
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    Of Dustin Hoffman's many brilliant performances, this will always be my favorite. He allows us to genuinely care for this person--regardless of what he has done. His wit and comedy are to die for. Oh, and don't forget the early genius of Jessica Lange. Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2011
    With a terrific performance by Hoffman and the movie's great comedic style, plus a heartwarming storyline, Tootsie hits a home run. In my opinion, also better than Ghandi. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    Like many other cross-dressing roles, Dustin Hoffman's "Tootsie" steals the show. Pollack's movie delivers solid laughs as well as being a great story. It might not have beaten Gandhi in the 1982 Oscars, but I would say it's at least a good runner up. Expand
  5. Apr 7, 2012
    Avant de le voir, je m'attendais plus à un film 100% tournée vers la comédie qu'autre chose. Dès les premières minutes, j'ai été surpris. Et pour cause, Tootsie est l'un de ces longs-métrages qui se permet de dévoiler au grand public l'envers du décors et l'enfer que doivent vivre les jeunes comédiens/comédiennes pour ne serait-ce qu'avoir un rôle comme job. Une description qui pourrait facilement décourager la plupart des gens concernés. Heureusement, le tout est mené dans la bonne humeur, où il est jouissif de voir le "grand" Dustin Hoffman se travestir avec une aisance bluffante qui prouve qu'il est vraiment "grand"! Bien entendu, il n'est pas seul (Jessica Lange, Bill Murray...). Après, on peut critiquer des gags parfois prévisibles voire gros comme une maison, mais cela n'enlève rien à la joie qu'apporte ce film. Expand
  6. May 22, 2014
    I had low expectations for this one and, honestly, expected the cross dressing of Hoffman to be a little...odd. However, as a whole, the film is very funny, endearing, and quite charming, as we watch Hoffman transform into a woman in order to try to rescue his acting career. Easily the funniest part of the film is watching serious scenes with serious implications unfold with the knowledge that Hoffman is actually a man and being the only ones aside from his roommate (Bill Murray) who knows this. In addition, him working on his interpersonal relationships from both sides really leads to some interesting conversations that also help to add to the comedy of the film. In terms of acting, really everyone did well and aside from Hoffman who obviously stood out, Bill Murray was great. He was his usual self from the 80's, which really made every scene he was in quite funny. Overall, Tootsie is a fun film to watch (there are some awkward moments that make you cringe, but those aside) and is a solid way to spend an afternoon. Expand