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Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a brilliant but troublesome New York actor, has managed to alienate every producer on both coasts. Michael's agent George Fields (Sydney Pollack) can't even get his client a commercial since Michael complained that the tomato he was playing wasn't properly motivated. "You were a tomato!" screams George in desperation, adding that Michael is so obnoxious that he will probably never work again. Dorsey thinks otherwise; when he hears of an opening on a popular soap opera, he applies for the job--even though the job is for a woman. Posing as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is not just the best comedy of the year; it is popular art on the way to becoming cultural artifact."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It turns out to be a touching love story, after all -- so touching that you may be surprised how moved you are at the conclusion of this comedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A comedy of surprisingly refined class for 1982..."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"I found this polished sitcom comedy to be a drag."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film is mostly remembered for Dustin Hoffman's outstanding portrayal of Dorothy, the bespectacled, conservative woman who stands for neither discrimination nor nonsense"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...there are several solid laughs and some excellent supporting performances."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Tootsie restores the original meaning to the term 'situation comedy,' free of the pejorative associations that have accrued over the years because of the glut of awful ones on television."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Touching romantic comedy with a twist."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"A sparkling turn by Hoffman and an absolutely fabulous cast make this a risk -- and a risque -- success."
‑ , Empire Magazine
" amiable and frequently hilarious comedy that boasts one of the most effective performances of Hoffman's career."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The tone is quick-witted and appealing, with some of the smartest dialogue this side of Billy Wilder..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Remarkably funny and entirely convincing..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Hoffman is magnificent in his dual role, though it's Bill Murray who stealthily steals scenes."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Pollack's easy-going, gender-bending comedy seems to have grown in stature and reputation with age, and it is not difficult to see why."
‑ , Film4
"Rather than confront what it sets up, it takes the one joke and runs -- till it runs out of steam."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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