The Dying Gaul
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An artist who compromises his work for money finds his heart and soul are also being toyed with by his new patrons in this drama. Robert (Peter Sarsgaard) is a playwright who has recently lost his longtime lover and business partner, Malcolm (Bill Camp), to AIDS-related illnesses. Robert has written a screenplay about their relationship, called "The Dying Gaul," and is interested in selling the project to powerful producer Jeffrey (Campbell Scott). However, while Jeffrey likes the script, he tells Robert that he's not about to spend money on a film about a gay couple -- though… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"The Dying Gaul isn't dead on arrival. But its death throes are only as interesting as the actors, characters and dialogue can make them."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The Dying Gaul begins with a Herman Melville quote: 'Woe to him who seeks to please rather than appall.' Let them serve not as words of wisdom, but of warning."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"finds it difficult to infuse humanity into a character who essentially functions as a dramatic device"
‑ Nick Schager, Filmcritic.com
"Verbally well-matched, morally ambiguously fascinating together, they are exciting to watch.* All three leads give extraordinary performances."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"The one thing Greek tragedy shouldn't desperately want is any kind of catharsis."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The film plays for keeps: It hurts and it doesn't back away from messy questions about art, commerce and conscience."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"An absorbing, fascinating film, but disturbing and a little grim."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"Lucas' use of chat rooms as a plot-moving device is pretty hackneyed, and when the story takes a thriller-like turn in the third act, it feels really forced."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Almost every time Gaul threatens to be overwhelmed by its maudlin tendencies and need to be 'about' something, it's rescued by its delicious sense of cruelty."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Campbell Scott, Peter Sarsgaard and Patricia Clarkson fill the disconcerting material with measured, subtle performances that bring home what's not being said."
‑ Hanh Nguyen, Zap2it.com
"The movie always feels as if it's on the verge of a major discovery. It ends without convincing us that any such discovery has been made."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Sound silly? Well, it is, plus passť (as so many techno-concerned conceits soon become), self-indulgent and nihilistically nasty in tone."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The Dying Gaul has the tight, nailed-down structure of a good play. But it's the actors who really lift the movie above the shortcomings of its plot."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"It's his heavy-handed and often ludicrous plotting that is the film's downfall."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Has neither hero nor villain, only humans. Beyond imperfect, they are complicated thinkers, lovers, dreamers, and performers."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
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