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Lucia Puenzo's drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either gender, young teenager Alex's (Ines Efron) hermaphroditic physiology causes a massive identity crisis and severe emotional withdrawal. The problems create social problems in the family's home of Argentina and virtually force Alex and his/her sympathetic parents, Kraken (Ricardo Darín) and Suli (Valeria Bertuchelli) to move to nearby Uruguay, at a point when Alex wrestles with the throes of puberty. The situation grows increasingly complex… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Moody and thoughtful."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"XXY is the first film to address intersex identity with graceful compassion, and [director] Puenzo tells Alex's story with simple, honest and forthright integrity."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Even when the film overdoses on its own downcastness or on dubious similes and symbolisms, you can feel why the characters as well as the filmmakers are humbled in more than one way by the conceptual intricacies and the high emotional stakes of the essent"
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Unexpected and wonderfully thoughtful."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"With 'XXY,' Argentinean writer-director Lucía Puenzo takes what could have been a movie-of-the week subject and instead delivers a thoughtful and deeply moving tale."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"The movie's images are frequently startling, its performances sharply observed and quirky, and its take on its subject matter undeniably provocative."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"It is not a message picture, never lectures, contains partial nudity but avoids explicit images and grows into a poignant human drama."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Puenzo goes beyond medical melodrama with a talented ensemble of Argentine actors who make this weird tale breathe."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The struggles of those around Alex are equally moving."
‑ Monika Bartyzel, Cinematical
"The good news is that this is an intelligent drama that is in no way exploitative."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Trim and briskly paced, XXY is sometimes difficult to watch, but Puenzo lets the actors explore a full range of emotions."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Lucía Puenzo's XXY is as finely crafted as a great work of literature."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"treats gender issues with a hand so delicate you feel sad for everyone involved"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A contrived screenplay dilutes the unique story."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"Despite its sometimes creepy tentativeness, XXY succeeds as a meditation on gender and sexuality, one that refuses an easy answer to the question, 'Is it a boy or a girl?'"
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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