Torch Song Trilogy
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

Urban comedy-drama spanning nine years in the life of a gay man in New York, centering around the loves in his life, his stormy relationship with his mother, and his hopes to adopt a son.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 4, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Bracing in its frank depiction of gay sex life, both promiscuous and committed.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The themes are universal, and Arnold is an Everyperson who wants to be loved not for what others want him to be, but for what he really is -- "a person, a valuable person."

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Clint Morris

Matthew Broderick shows his versatility and might as an actor here

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A straightforward, very funny love story which glows with fulfilment and promise.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I have not seen anyone quite like Fierstein in the movies, and the fact that he is a specific individual gives this material a charm and weight it might have lacked if an interchangeable actor had played the role.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A rousing screen version of the 1983 Tony Award-winning play.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Greatly shortened from Mr. Fierstein's long-running, Tony Award-winning play, the film version emphasizes the lovable at every turn, but the surprise is that it does this entertainingly and well.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Simply viewed as a movie about people, Torch Song Trilogy has the kind of wit, grace, and intense feeling that Woody Allen tried for unsuccessfully in Interiors, September, and Another Woman...

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

by turns raucously funny, tender, defiant, sad and hopeful. It is a movie that rises to something like greatness on the writing and acting -- and the charisma of its star.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A New York drag queen's relationships are disrupted by prejudice, violence, and AIDS. A tour de force performance from Harvey Fierstein propels this… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A classic gay movie. Harvey Fierstein and Matthew Broderick are supreme in this! I could've done without the tragic events.
Kevin M. Williams
Everyone deserves to be loved, right? Even if they're gay? Even from they're mother? This work examines just those questions, the humanity, say,… More
jay nixon
wonderfully acted
Tom Ericksen
This is a great gay 101 movie -- very sad about Matthew -- Anne Bancroft was brilliant as usual --
Sylvester Kuo
A drag queen must deal with his fiery mother, tragic relationships and his adopted son. It's got some nice acting and a well written script but I was not… More