Prick Up Your Ears
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

This unadorned biography of playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) charts his bawdy, dangerous relationships. Alfred Molina plays Orton's brutish lover, Kenneth Halliwell, a pathetic figure who becomes horrific and then tragic before the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 15, 2004
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Gary Oldman is excellent as Orton, right down to remarkable resemblance, while Alfred Molina creates both an amusing and tormented Halliwell. Vanessa Redgrave takes top honors, though, as a compassionate and benign agent.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The great performances in the movie are, of course, at its center. Gary Oldman plays Orton and Alfred Molina plays Halliwell, and these are two of the best performances of the year.

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Film4

A brilliant and painfully raw portrait of a troubled, a tragic relationship.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Oldman is brilliant; Molina's Halliwell less subtle; and the film's dissection of cottaging quaintly amusing.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The filmmakers have shown great intellectual taste. But it's not the kind of taste that's illuminating.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Oldman, fresh from his triumph as Sex Pistol Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, is the key and holds it all together.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film covers the main events of the Orton life in a manner that is nothing less than distracted. One has little understanding of the fatal intensity - and need - that kept Orton and Halliwell together.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Like "Casablanca," "Diva," "Clockwork Orange" and countless other quality-cult films, "Prick Up Your Ears" has an indefinable idiosyncrasy that makes you want to come back for more.

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Matthew Sorrento
PopMatters

Molina stares down all clichés, veering away from effeminate tones when they would be most convenient and avoids trapping Ken into a brooding madman.

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Emily B.
Good little film about the life of Joe Orton. Alfred Molina is great as his lover Kenneth Halliwell. Plus an excellent script by Alan Bennet.