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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"What we're left with is a movie without the courage to declare itself."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Taking away the kissing, caressing and a few bloody killings, Friedkin has no story, though picture pretends to be a murder mystery combined with a study of Al Pacino's psychological degradation."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Appropriately framed by opening and closing shots of a garbage scow, Cruising is trash."
‑ , People Magazine
"Viewers are spared nothing as Steve Burns undergoes degrading brutality after brutality; virtually nobody is portrayed sympathetically."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Friedkin makes the kind of films that a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers might make given the chance."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"Its gamy images inside the leather and S&M gay bars along the Greenwich Village waterfront are both busy and dark."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"While the savagery of the murders and the explicitness of the sexual practices on display are initially unsettling, they soon become numbing and, ultimately, yawn-inducing."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"What an odd relic of the 1980s Cruising is. Controversial enough at the time to derail director William Friedkin's career, thirty years later it's considered totally benign when a Disney star films a reconstruction of its X-rated scenes."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"still unsettling even after far more explicit fare has been produced in recent years"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"What's left is the framework for a graphic, brutal, sickening film, without the violent effects that might have made sense (however illegitimate) out of the conception."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"No one would get away with it now, or even try."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Cruising is no lost classic, but the critical shoeing doesn't square with Friedkin's intelligence and steady, sparse technique."
‑ , Total Film
"Is it possible that Cruising is everything its detractors and defenders say it is?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A lot of upcoming filmmakers saw "Cruising" and took notes, because the movie became the prototype for every serial killer movie to follow (see "Se7en," "Basic Instinct" etc.)."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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