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A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women -- not once, but twice -- in this independent drama. In 1993, Coles (Mark Ruffalo) is a film student at Sarah Lawrence where he meets two fellow undergrads, Thea (Kathleen Robertson) and Sam (Maya Stange). Coles and Sam come together and Thea fades out of the picture. In time, Sam tires of Coles' aimlessly hedonistic attitude, and they break up. Ten years later, Coles, after a failed career in feature films, is doing animation for an advertising agency and living with his girlfriend, Claire (Petra Wright); Thea helps run a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With its talky and theatricalized depiction of cruelties mutually inflicted by financially comfortable good-looking young white people on each other, XX/XY at times recalls a slightly more full-blooded Neil LaBute movie."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"There's probably a movie in XX/XY, but director Austin Chick doesn't seem to have found it."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"By the numbers relationship drama saved only by Ruffalo's performance and presence."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Basically it's just a chick flick about people obsessing constantly over sex and relationships! But the performances make it watchable."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Small and specialized."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Rarely does a fine movie like this have so awkward a title."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"XX/XY expresses and explores this universal yearning without becoming stuck in it. In this and many other respects, few movies are so mature and satisfying."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"Succeeds as an amusing critique rather than an empty-headed endorsement of its protagonists' behaviour."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"XX/XY is a lovely film and very smart, and it's for grownups. That's a rare pleasure."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Two pretty good movies end up becoming a great movie."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Ruffalo continues to be one of the most intriguing actors of his generation."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"It never addresses the underlying issue on which those relationships hinge: Is Coles still in love with Sam, or is he just in love with what she represents."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Entertained, enlightened and engaged."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"There really is no moral to XX/XY except perhaps "beware of love""
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The more dimensions [Wright] adds to her character, the more silly and shallow the others seem to become."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
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