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.

Nick Schager

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

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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Jette Kernion

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

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Lucas' use of chat rooms as a plot-moving device is pretty hackneyed, and when the story takes a thriller-like turn in the third act, it feels really forced.

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.

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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Kurt Loder

The Dying Gaul has the tight, nailed-down structure of a good play. But it's the actors who really lift the movie above the shortcomings of its plot.

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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