The Crying Game
The Crying Game (1992)

In this successful psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren't who you expect them to be. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA "volunteer" who, despite personal… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 13, 1998
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97%
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78%



Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Crying Game is famous for its shocking twist, but this thoughtful, haunting mystery grips the viewer from start to finish.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Suspenseful and emotionally complex, skillfully mixing politics with affairs of the heart, The Crying Game is something unexpected, a challenging new way to tell a very old story.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This film must be discovered as it unfolds: If anyone starts to tell you about it, hit him.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Powerful drama has mature sexual themes, violence.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Seeing the film twice reveals two completely different viewer perspectives -- a kind of "before and after" syndrome -- and like any good film The Crying Game grows richer as it sinks into your thoughts.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

Its components are built upon deception and forgiveness, misconnections and misunderstandings, sexual jealousy and moral ambivalence, trust and loyalty, desperation and loneliness. It is also, not incidentally, a crackling good movie.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Here's a movie that is difficult to outguess, difficult even to describe. The Crying Game belongs to no particular genre, though it is an absorbing thriller and a memorably offbeat love story.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

One of the year's best films.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

In a style of agitated naturalism, Jordan examines poignant matters of life and death, sex and friendship, duty and loyalty, freedom and bondage, manhood and womanhood and all the ambiguous areas in between.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie is at its stunning best as it comes to terms with the impact of its own most devious surprise... Still, at a certain point, it reverts to formula.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Mostly known for "the big reveal," which is kind of a shame, since there are quite a few different intriguing elements in Neil Jordan's mediation… More
Sarah Gaish
This incredibly underated British drama
Spencer S.
Two different things fused together that you wouldn't think would fit make a film that evokes the troublesome violence of war, the bonds of friendship… More
Chris Garman
Before starting my review of The Crying Game I must let you know that if you know the big plot twist in the film it isnâ??t a major turning point in the film… More
Dan Schultz
A well-constructed though massively over-rated thriller about an IRA "volunteer" (Stephen Rea) who starts a relationship with a striking female (Jaye… More
Tim Salmons
An excellent and stellar piece of work. I'm bummed Stephen Rea didn't get too many more offers for more lead roles...he's fantastic.