The Man Who Cried
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In this historical drama with music, a gifted singer (Oleg Yankovsky) from a Jewish village in Russia travels to the United States in 1927, leaving behind his young daughter Fegele (Claudia Lander-Duke). Father has promised his family that he'll send for Fegele as soon as he can, but authorities make life hard for the Jewish population, and Fegele is forced to flee with relatives to England. Fegele is adopted by a British family, which renames her Suzie and raises her with little acknowledgement of her ethnic heritage. As she grows to adulthood, Suzie (Christina Ricci) becomes a gifted… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

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"I prefer to think of this movie as The Critic Who Cried."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"There's only one performer in the movie who looks completely at ease with what he's doing: the horse."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The Man Who Cried hits all the wrong notes right from the get-go and never relents."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A grand looking film always giving one hope it will come up with something sweeping to say..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's hardly a moment that feels authentic. Maybe that's why the man is crying."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Potter eschews drama for posing, politics for postulating, and provides enough symbolic broad strokes to gag a magic realist."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Globe and Mail
"If [Potter] personally, in her 40s, can go to Argentina and become a tango dancer, then we can't complain about anything that happens to Suzie. Not that we'd want to."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Potter, unlike most, doesn't batter you with what she wants you to feel. As the lyrics of a song, this film is poetry. I suspect it will linger with me long after its details would normally fade. Beautiful."
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"Ricci ... can't hold audience interest for more than about five minutes, especially when she's stuck with material as superficial and slow-moving as this period drama."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"There isn't too much happening, other than a lot of lip-synching."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"It's as though we're being dared not to take the movie seriously, although nothing but the pre-Holocaust setting compels you to do so."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The film brings grace and balance to the traditional Holocaust story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
""The Man Who Cried" should be approached as a classic silent film where the movement and emotion tell the story, with dialogue being used sparingly."
‑ Collin Souter, eFilmCritic.com
"A sprawling affair, filled with bad accents ... tired cliches about studly horsemen and young girls' sexual awakenings, and really bad lip-syncing to Italian opera."
‑ Todd R. Ramlow, PopMatters
"The beginning is a cheat, the ending an absurdity, and virtually everything in between an inanity."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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