The Crying Game
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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 misgivings, takes part in the kidnapping of a black British soldier, Jody (Forest Whitaker), stationed in Northern Ireland. The IRA hopes to use Jody as a bargaining chip to win the release of IRA operatives behind bars, but, while guarding Jody, Fergus becomes fast friends with his prisoner. Jody makes Fergus promise him that if he dies, Fegus will look in on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Crying Game's effectiveness comes not from the big reveal, but from the expertly crafted story that frames it and makes it into a meaningful reversal rather than a sudden isolated shock."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Absorbing offbeat blend of a romantic, psychological and political thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A finely-acted, sensitively-written tale of an IRA gunman finding some sort of redemption in the arms of a British soldier's lover."
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"Neil Jordan at his best."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"After luring us into what appears to be a classic they-gazed-at-each-other-across-an-empty-bar romantic setup, Jordan undermines our expectations so thoroughly that it's as if we've rediscovered our innocence as moviegoers."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Tthe film does work, raises a plethora of questions concerning loyalty, violence and the nature of desire, and is in some respects a summation of the various themes that have emerged from Jordan's work."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Review Those unacquainted with The Crying Game should note that it is well acted, original in intent rather than execution, and in possession of a narrative about-turn so insane that the film is guaranteed a place in cinematic history."
‑ , Film4
"Even if you know the big surprise, it's a compelling drama"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The Crying Game pulls off a tremendously difficult technical feat; its screenplay contains not one, but two, wrenching twists, each of which could easily derail the narrative in the hands of a lesser storyteller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The physical production is as lush as the film's romantic longings."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Neil Jordan's daring, mesmerizing film combines a Hitchcockian thriller and a spellbinding love story with a twist set against intriguing political circumstances; don't reveal the ending to your friends."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A spindly, absorbing thriller about politics, ethics, sexuality, and the looseness of identity."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Now wildly overrated, but a very good little mystery story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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