Tough Guys Don't Dance
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)

Based on his novel, Norman Mailer adapted and directed this film of mystery and murder. An alcoholic ex-con/writer finds himself implicated in murderous plots but cannot seem to remember much. He sets out to investigate the case on his own.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Neither thrilling nor horrific, the camera, plotting, dialogue and atmosphere are uniformly unconvincing: a conservatoire of false notes.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What is strange is that Tough Guys Don't Dance leaves me with such vivid memories of its times and places, its feelings and weathers, and yet leaves me so completely indifferent to its plot. Watching the film, I laughed a good deal.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

A juicy cult classic.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Not the high point of the Mailer career, but it's a small, entertaining part of it.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Norman Mailer's best film, adapted from his worst novel, shows a surprising amount of cinematic savvy and style.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Strange and self-indulgent, but oddly entertaining.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Hard to classify; at times you laugh raucously at what's up on the screen; at others you stare dumbly, in stunned amazement.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Embarrassingly idiotic high camp modern noir set on Cape Cod.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Ponderous and absurd, like the novel. As a stand-in for Mailer, O'Neal is limp.

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