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The Crying Game

The Crying Game

1992
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 52m
An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude, another IRA member. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover, a hairdresser named Dil. Fergus adopts the name "Jimmy" and gets a job as a day laborer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus' IRA background. But there are some things about Dil that Fergus doesn't know, either... (imdb)
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The Crying Game

1992
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 52m
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Rated 15 Dec 2014
61
41st
By the time I saw this, I had already heard the now classic Boy George title track a hundred times on the radio. Despite my confidence, I was surprised to learn that I only know about sixty percent of what there is to know about the crying game. And I'm pretty okay with that.
Rated 06 Mar 2007
4
87th
Being aware of the "surprise element" (I don't really want to call it a plot twist) didn't detract from this movie at all. Very moving picture with great performances by pretty much everyone.
Rated 03 Feb 2015
75
79th
Have you ever tried to pick up your teeth with broken fingers?
Rated 12 May 2012
7
68th
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Rated 01 Dec 2013
68
41st
Its reputation is, unfortunately, quite a bit better than reality. Plot points are often pretty silly. Still, you can't say you've seen anything like it before.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
60
29th
"The Crying Game" is weird and dreary. Can't say I liked it, but it intrigued me. I guess when something as peculiar as this comes along, it's a love-it-or-hate-it affair. It didn't do it for me. There are certainly good moments and the first part is great, but once the plot moves to London, my interest started to decrease. My problem was that I couldn't identify with any of the characters -neither Rea's Fergus nor Davidson's Dil. It is an interesting film, but, ultimately, I found it pointless.
Rated 24 Sep 2010
80
66th
This is a tough movie to pin down... part political thriller, part offbeat romance, part psychological drama. But I think the jumbledness of it was what I ultimately liked about it. The performances aren't that great, the cinematography is nothing special, and taken individually, the plot points are either goofy or clichéd. Somehow, though, it all gels into something rather captivating. I found myself wanting to see what would happen next, and becoming involved in the developing relationship.
Rated 21 Sep 2007
88
84th
Spoiler Alert: foreSt wHitakEr HAd hiS breAktrhough PErfomaNce in thIS movie
Rated 12 Apr 2014
70
41st
I've been hearing jokes about this movie's twist since it came out, so the biggest shock for me is that it actually happens just over halfway through and has almost no impact on the overarching plot. If it weren't for the fascinatingly incongruous Dil character this would be a fairly unremarkable IRA thriller. In fact, the "twist" seems to be less "surprise, she's a man!" and more that it's a transgender character study masquerading as a prestige action thriller. And I think that's kinda cool.
Rated 26 Apr 2014
27
7th
I guess this was seen as pretty forward-thinking for trans people in cinema at this time? Or at least the Academy Awards thought so. Which is strange, the film isn't really Oscar-bait - it does juggle some intriguing themes but apart from that the film is actually still quite transphobic (which I can't really separate from the narrative) and also really shitty in most other ways too. Big shout-out to the director blaming box office failure on the IRA too! No excuse for a shitty film
Rated 06 May 2008
68
44th
The first half is quite good but the rest is quite boring and pointless, including the famous "twist".
Rated 01 Feb 2008
55
30th
Hey that chick's hot... oh she's getting naked... WHAT THE?!?!?
Rated 02 Dec 2007
55
52nd
While Parker creates some moments worthwhile, as he is trying to be bold, he oftenly steps on stupidity . Performances save most of the movie if one can get over meaningless sentiments about relationship and love.
Rated 24 Nov 2007
88
83rd
Really entertaining drama that takes plot twists you don't expect and characters to places most filmmakers wouldn't dare.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
77
44th
How I wish I looked that good as a woman.
Rated 12 Dec 2009
83
82nd
What begins as a thriller unexpectedly turns into a poignant and ironic love story, with plot twists that deepen the film's almost dreamlike power. Stunningly acted by Rea, Richardson, and Whitaker, with an amazing debut by Davidson, as Dil. A unique, seductive film that Jordan pulls off with poetic ease.
Rated 23 Apr 2010
30
10th
Didn't think it was all that really. Annoying script, poorly written characters, piss poor storyline, and, shock horror, a woman with a cock.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
72
31st
Not a bad movie...not a good one either.
Rated 13 Aug 2010
74
40th
It's a well made drama that certainly holds your interest, but in hindsight it all seems a bit shallow. The surprises are not essential to the film but they do seem to be what makes it something more than an average well acted drama.
Rated 09 Aug 2007
55
18th
Not my kind of movie
Rated 17 Feb 2013
80
77th
Big ol' Dil pickle
Rated 08 Nov 2011
77
65th
Even though the acting is quite weak (especially Whitaker) it is an interesting and touching story. A bit too dated for a 20 years old movie, but maybe the times have changed and I haven't noticed it. Richardson has a knack for playing annoying characters.
Rated 21 Mar 2007
77
54th
Intense plot with great acting. It just, for some reason, seems far more dated than it actually is.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
90
72nd
Everyone knows the twist by now, and it definitely changes the viewing experience. I really wish I had been able to see this without any prior knowledge, but the film still works, regardless of what information you have going into it. Jaye Davidson is a revelation.
Rated 14 Jan 2013
70
53rd
Great acting (Broadbent, Whitaker, Richardson) and good chemistry (Rea-Davidson) really created this very bold and emotionally believable drama.
Rated 10 May 2013
70
44th
It's called The Crying Game for a reason, boys and girls.
Rated 26 May 2013
60
10th
It's kind of silly, innit? I mean, it ends with "Stand By Your Man" playing over the end credits. COME ON! Forest Whitaker is pretty great in it, though and I did know the twist beforehand, so maybe that had something to do with it.
Rated 07 Jun 2013
6
43rd
The narrative does take quite a few twists so that you never know what is going to happen next bit it does feel dated and a bit pointless.
Rated 09 Aug 2013
2
59th
Dated and overrated
Rated 04 Nov 2009
50
14th
I can appreciate at an intellectual level the complexity of the narrative and the characters. Also, the early portion of the film with Whitaker is well done prisoner drama. But the suspension of disbelief required for the latter portion of the film, both before and after the central twist, makes it difficult to appreciate where the film goes. Plus the only people who don't seem confused about their identities are those who blow people away in the street. Not really balanced characterizations.
Rated 22 Apr 2014
85
32nd
Yeah sooooo I wasn't expecting that! Interesting movie though, I still managed to enjoy it after that haha.
Rated 24 Jun 2014
40
18th
relies wholly on a twist that I saw coming a long way away without it being spoiled. Fails to stand as a film without that element.
Rated 07 Feb 2015
84
85th
Profoundly bizarre, deeply subversive and utterly stupefying. It's only flaw is that it does feel like it panders to the anxieties of hetero males, which frankly undermines its humanization of trans people.
Rated 05 Dec 2015
30
18th
An absolute oddball of a movie.
Rated 20 Jan 2016
78
57th
I mean, he doesn't even look like a girl.
Rated 04 Oct 2016
33
16th
Completely random story elements mashed together. The IRA plot is just movie-land, and the sexual stuff unconnected to the longings of the characters. Also there's the fuckin' story about the scorpion and the frog being told again, the first time for fatalism, the second time for sentimentality. Well, I guess if the pathos is not in the story, you gotta invent some meaning from the outside.
Rated 08 May 2018
65
22nd
It's two movies in one, neither of which are particularly interesting.
Rated 14 Jul 2018
96
90th
A
Rated 02 Nov 2020
60
29th
Not terrible. Bonus points for being different
Rated 10 Nov 2020
65
42nd
Beginning to think Neil Jordan only has one movie he makes over and over again. The plot progression makes sense from point to point but feels disjointed overall (cf. Mona Lisa), and on top of that, there are of course the two enormous landmines politically. I think a case could be made that the generally sympathetic trans portrayal is ahead of its time for 1992, but the IRA depiction is completely indefensible.
Rated 11 Nov 2020
30
8th
Look, I know this came out in a very different time, but transphobia is just so deeply baked into this narrative that I find myself utterly unable to separate that aspect from the actual craft of the film. The cinematography and acting are outstanding throughout, but even beyond the issues with Dil as a character playing into the stereotypical "trans women as deceivers" plot, her forced detransition at the hands of Rea's character had me actively rooting for her to kill him at the end.
Rated 10 Feb 2023
68
35th
Odd and interesting film, but probably more toward the odd side. A strange mix of elements with good performances and a strange tone. I didn't really like it all that much, but it was difficult to look away at times. A unique experience.
Rated 21 Apr 2023
5
2nd
Still might be the single biggest disappointment. The Trailer told that this would be cool Neo noir but all the movie has going is the "Twist" and really the twist ruined the movie for me
Rated 26 Mar 2024
70
34th
its weird and it kinda works
Rated 01 Apr 2008
45
24th
Gender bending aside, this movie is masterful. The emotional wave that it takes you on is incredible.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
20
4th
A very silly film. Ludicrously overrated by many people.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
75
89th
Great film.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
79
74th
Fucking disturbing.
Rated 26 May 2007
30
8th
How did he not know?
Rated 08 Jun 2007
70
57th
Multistranded thriller which gets a bit too caught up in the various different subplots to lead to a muddled ending that is ultimately unsatisfying.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
2
23rd
Bored me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
50th
Brilliant in a sickenly sweet way.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
85
86th
Very Good
Rated 26 Aug 2007
50
45th
The first snippet in the prison is very good. The rest sort of meanders, dancing around that "secret" that everyone knows about. It's actually not a bad movie, just slow.
Rated 27 Sep 2007
50
15th
Well, I must say the "shock" wasn't too shocking (I was pretty sure of it in the first couple of minutes). S/he was pretty nice-looking though.
Rated 05 Nov 2007
69
48th
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Rated 16 Nov 2007
40
39th
once you've seen it, it's sort of: who cares? stephen rhea is great, though.
Rated 13 Nov 2012
75
36th
SPOILER - The girl is really a guy. That's pretty much all you need to know. Move along, now.
Rated 14 Apr 2008
95
98th
Dark, melancholy, sad and sweet. One of my favorite films for a number of reasons.
Rated 31 May 2008
70
62nd
Beware of girls named Dil...
Rated 25 Sep 2008
40
5th
Ridiculous dialogues, pathetic clichés, a horrible job by Neil Jordan as a director. And anyone could see that 'girl' was a transvestite all the time. Ok, ok, the final murder sequence in the bedroom looks cool, at least...
Rated 06 Nov 2008
45
33rd
The Crying Game manages to be as indistinct as possible given such a special premise. It's interesting enough and yet, average.
Rated 15 Nov 2008
40
44th
This movie is bad for my self esteem.
Rated 14 Dec 2008
0
3rd
what the fuck was this shit
Rated 25 Jan 2009
90
86th
Very well-made human drama. I saw it the same summer I saw _Jurassic Park_, and I must say this is the more exciting film
Rated 03 Apr 2009
95
88th
Naturally moves through its twists and turns. A wild ride.
Rated 17 Jun 2009
77
85th
Some of it's scenes caught me really off guard. Starts out with Whitaker and Rea starting up an unlikely friendship, then it get's a bit bisarre as Rea gets a love interest for Whitaker's girl.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
40
17th
Nobody can guess the secret....but I could about half way through it and once that is ruined it is pretty pointless to keep watching.
Rated 20 Oct 2010
70
36th
This movie was good but could have been a lot better. The acting was weak at times but strong at others. idk. It was good but could have been much better.

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