The Dying Gaul
The Dying Gaul (2005)

An artist who compromises his work for money finds his heart and soul are also being toyed with by his new patrons in this drama. Robert (Peter Sarsgaard) is a playwright who has recently lost his longtime lover and business partner,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it has a fine cast, The Dying Gaul's plot feels calculated and too intellectualized.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The Dying Gaul isn't dead on arrival. But its death throes are only as interesting as the actors, characters and dialogue can make them.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Dying Gaul begins with a Herman Melville quote: 'Woe to him who seeks to please rather than appall.' Let them serve not as words of wisdom, but of warning.

Jette Kernion

An absorbing, fascinating film, but disturbing and a little grim.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The film plays for keeps: It hurts and it doesn't back away from messy questions about art, commerce and conscience.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[E]xcept for some problems in the middle act, the movie is easy to swallow.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Sound silly? Well, it is, plus passť (as so many techno-concerned conceits soon become), self-indulgent and nihilistically nasty in tone.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The movie always feels as if it's on the verge of a major discovery. It ends without convincing us that any such discovery has been made.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Like minimalist composer Steve Reich's prickly, tense music on the soundtrack, the movie itself is too often too intellectual, experimental and abstract.

Nick Schager

finds it difficult to infuse humanity into a character who essentially functions as a dramatic device

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Awesome film. The obsession and flawed characters are frightening!
Rico Zamora
This movie, based on the New York City-produced play, is taut and very well put together. It follows the story of Robert, a screenwriter trying to get his… More
Alice Shen
Simply simply gorgeous gorgeous movie about well, the usual - love, lust, betrayal, integrity, Buddhist philosophy, dead lovers communicating through the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Dying Gaul" takes place in 1995. Struggling writer Robert Sandrich(Peter Sarsgaard) has written a script called "The… More
jay nixon
just awful
John Ballantine
Tries to be relevant but ends up being dull. The Dying Gaul should have had some passion burning in it soull but even great actors sometimes cannot rise above a… More