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A man seeking to escape the past realizes that he'll first have to confront the present after receiving a desperate call from a friend on his deathbed. Harry Sweeny (Jamey Sheridan) is an aged but handsome divorcée with a grown son and a small business. He lives a comfortable life in a small town, where his main source of entertainment is stopping by the local diner to flirt with pretty waitress Muriel (Karen Young). But Harry's life hasn't always been this easy, and after getting a call from Tom Kelly (Steve Buscemi) he starts to remember why. Tom isn't long for this earth,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"Handsome Harry is a small film with more to say than its creaky exposition and formulaic plot would suggest. Frustration is perhaps the more appropriate critical response."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"David has honed this script for 30 years, and every word he utters is momentous. Handsome Harry transcends its somewhat melodramatic narrative."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"...works best as an actor's showcase..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Even with its forced dialogue and dramatically artificial set pieces, "Handsome Harry" has a certain integrity--thanks primarily to Jamey Sheridan's committed performance--that keeps you involved."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Gay audiences -- and probably straight ones -- will see the twists coming from a mile away, but a cast this strong makes the trip worth taking anyway."
‑ Alonso Duralde, Queer Sighted
"Sheridan (who also produced) is well cast as the good-looking, rugged Harry, and his performance is certainly adequate."
‑ Luke Sader, Hollywood Reporter
"Each of its miserable characters, especially Mr. Savage's Rheems, is a case study in a film that hits you like a strident polemical essay."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Handsome Harry seems a bit obvious at times (and a little clunky at others) but the performances, particularly from Jamey Sheridan, will keep you watching."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Bette Gordon's film is that rarity these days, an American film which deals with mature characters facing life and the choices they've made, possessed of uncommon intelligence and subtlety."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"While it jumps the rails at a couple of different points dramatically, Handsome Harry keeps winning you back because of Jamey Sheridan's performance."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Like any low-budget production, Handsome Harry has some shakily staged scenes and erratic acting, but it also has wonderful moments..."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The story quietly builds to a rueful and fraught climax in which Campbell Scott does his usual exceptional work, while Harry absorbs some hard lessons."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"I don't think Clint Eastwood would cast himself as a gay man, but it's easy to imagine an alternate movie universe in which Eastwood not only plays the title role but is the director of this earnest yet unstrident drama..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A unique story of love and regret...Exquisitely acted by an exceptional cast."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Director Bette Gordon presents the actors' sensitivity with tactful insight and appreciation reminiscent of Katherine Dieckmann's very fine Diggers."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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