Interior. Leather Bar.
Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)

In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, "Cruising." Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

"Interior. Leather Bar." is a Rubik's Cube of a movie, an intriguing, layered puzzle that isn't easily solved.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The vagueness feels like a term paper you have to grade.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Joylessly over-enunciates all of its questions in bluntly literal ways.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it's the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Simultaneously an act of creation and deconstruction.

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Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine

A movie that continually puzzles over what it is and why it is being made.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

It largely consists of Franco musing about depictions of homosexual activity on film.

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Matt Zoller Seitz

"Interior. Leather Bar" is ultimately more an idea for movie than a movie, the rap sessions ramble, and it feels half-baked by the time it gets to its climactic twist, which isn't as clever as it thinks.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Racket

The "reimagining" is the subject of much conversation, but little true engagement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Utterly pointless, pretentious and stupid.
John Ballantine
A very curious attempt by James Franco to create an omitted scene from the film "Cruising". It is short, confusing and without much sense as to why… More
The film started off with the promise of being the reimaging of the lost scenes of the Al Pacino movie, "Cruising". Then it some how turned into a hot… More
Daniel Parsons
I think it would have been far more interesting if the film was actually the promised missing material from "Cruising" rather than a faux-documentary… More
Christian C
Not at all what I expected. The film is not so much about the seedy material that might have been cut from the original Cruising film -- it's more about… More