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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Absorbing offbeat blend of a romantic, psychological and political thriller.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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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.

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Todd McCarthy

An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The physical production is as lush as the film's romantic longings.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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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.

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