Myra Breckinridge
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Gore Vidal's best-selling satiric novel gets an inarguably unique screen treatment in this off-center psycho-sexual farce. Fussy film buff Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) goes to Europe and gets a sex-change operation from a slovenly chain-smoking doctor (John Carradine) and returns to the United States as the glamorous and willful Myra Breckinridge (Raquel Welch). Myra appears at the door of former cowboy star-turned-acting school entrepreneur Buck Loner (John Huston), who also happened to be Myron's uncle; Myra insists she's Myron's widow and demands her fair share of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One might appreciate Anthology's all-new print -- with its epic sets and costumes, slumming icons, and unfocused meta-ambitions -- as the queer precursor to Southland Tales."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Raquel Welch's big chance is snatched away by Sarne's careless and unprofessional direction, and Rex Reed's self-parody is much too pat and easy."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"With so much raw comedic potential and a cast any director would be happy to get a hold of, Sarne somehow manages to direct it all into one aimless, inept and leering aberration."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Loaded with pop references and clips from old movies, it's like a bizarre comic precursor to 'The Dreamers'..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The film and its purported message are just like the monster between Welch's legs: A big fat fake."
‑ Mark Athitakis,
"The film version of Gore Vidal's Hollywood-themed transsexual satire starts off promisingly, but after a couple of reels plunges straight downhill under the weight of artless direction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"If you truly analyze this, it's a very bisexual scene, and it's a classic, and I was told by a film buff friend that it was considered an A-list movie at the time."
‑ Michael Szymanski, International Press Academy
"Outrageous casting & laughs do not a good satire make."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Yes, it's bad, but you quickly get beyond its badness. It's hypnotically awful. It's audaciously dreadful."
‑ Dan Callahan,
"The Citizen Kane of chaotic trash, this is car crash cinema at its most compelling."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"As an adaptation of Gore Vidal's novel, this is a major travesty."
‑ , Time Out
"Extravagantly tasteless, surprisingly inept filming of Gore Vidal's briefly notorious novel."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's a good movie in all this garbage."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"'s hard to imagine how a film could be any worse, yet Myra has a silly, chaotic, almost endearing quality about it that proclaims its own innocence."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An unalloyed disaster, but too fascinating to ignore"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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