By Hook or by Crook
By Hook or by Crook (2002)

Two women find love while trying to learn the fine art of bank robbery in this independent comedy-drama. Shy (Silas Howard) is a young butch lesbian from a small town in Kansas who has never figured out what she wants to do with her life.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

A ragged but endearing buddy movie.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

By Hook or by Crook is, like its principal characters, a bit messy and maladroit but not without a certain charm.

Moira Sullivan

It's a buddy movie, albeit the queerest buddy movie ever that makes Midnight Cowboy look tame in comparison.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It quickly becomes tiresome and cliché-ridden -- not to mention depressing and pointless.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Refreshingly, this tale of stone butch blues is rarely treatise-like; sexuality never devolves into agitprop.

Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

A weirdly compelling train wreck of a film that's as raw around the edges as its protagonists.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The title ... must be alluding to the possibility that large parts of the movie are begged, borrowed, and stolen from early Gus Van Sant.

Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Remarkable debut feature.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Three weeks may be the ostensible time frame for the plot, but sitting through this nauseatingly whimsical and pointless confection feels like a downright eternity.

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