Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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Adapted from the hit off-Broadway musical of the same name, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the tale of an "internationally ignored" rock & roll singer who hails from Communist Berlin and who dreams of becoming an American sensation. Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), born a boy named Hansel, is raised by a single mother (Alberta Watson) who wishes to see her son do better than his poverty-stricken family. Some years later, Hansel is attracted to a good-looking American G.I., who promises a better life overseas for young Hansel, under one condition: that he undergo a sex-change operation… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Those expecting a rockin' good time are likely to be left cold by this screen translation, which despite some imaginative packaging too often proves a drag in more than the sartorial sense."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Flamboyant, irreverent, naughty and oddly, profoundly moving."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is an important cultural touchstone for the LGBT community and a thrilling discovery for everyone."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"One of the most delightful surprises of 2001, and it has lost none of its charm or its surprising power in the intervening years."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Mitchell's successful screen version of his acclaimed play, which feature one of the most original hero(ine), benefits immeasurably from the skills of his producer Christine Vachon and production designer Therese DePrez."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite the creator/actor/director's energetic efforts, the material never feels comfortable in its new form."
‑ , Time Out
"What in any other hands than Mitchell's might have been a sexual sight gag becomes a symbol of personal freedom and expression."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A ball of gender confusion, Biblical allegories and Eastern European politics -one of those would be a tricky subtext for a 90-minute rock opera. But the songs marry Jim Steinman's grandeur to the Stooges' sweat and spit, with a deft, tender screenplay."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Anyone who has ever felt discarded, disenfranchised, or just plain dissed will find in Hedwig a lot to hook into."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"And they said the movie musical was dead."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"It is fairly short and fairly enjoyable."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Mitchell's performance as Hedwig remains one of the best of modern times -- the character is by turns sexy, scary, outrageous, obnoxious, pitiable and vulnerable -- and it anchors a movie that landed on my list of the 10 best films of the 2000s."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Definitely recommended for those looking for something different."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"What more do you want?"
‑ Stephen Himes, Film Snobs
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