The Man Who Cried
The Man Who Cried (2000)

In this historical drama with music, a gifted singer (Oleg Yankovsky) from a Jewish village in Russia travels to the United States in 1927, leaving behind his young daughter Fegele (Claudia Lander-Duke). Father has promised his family that… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 22, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The storyline is overwrought and awkward, and the audience is distanced from the flatly drawn characters.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

I prefer to think of this movie as The Critic Who Cried.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

There's only one performer in the movie who looks completely at ease with what he's doing: the horse.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film brings grace and balance to the traditional Holocaust story.

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Kevin Courrier
Globe and Mail

Potter eschews drama for posing, politics for postulating, and provides enough symbolic broad strokes to gag a magic realist.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If [Potter] personally, in her 40s, can go to Argentina and become a tango dancer, then we can't complain about anything that happens to Suzie. Not that we'd want to.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Man Who Cried hits all the wrong notes right from the get-go and never relents.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It's as though we're being dared not to take the movie seriously, although nothing but the pre-Holocaust setting compels you to do so.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A poetic look at transience, betrayal, loss and doom.

David Poland
Hot Button

Potter, unlike most, doesn't batter you with what she wants you to feel. As the lyrics of a song, this film is poetry. I suspect it will linger with me long after its details would normally fade. Beautiful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This is a fairly basic Nazis = bad film. There's not much in the way of political acumen, and the characters and their storylines never escape from basic… More
Marcus Woolcott
Very linear and forgettable, but also quite harmless and watchable.
Hogans Hero
Really good movie. Depp and Ricci have a really intsense love scene. Depp tends to look at her longingly for a good 2/3s of the film. But I'll… More
Brett Warren
The actors in this film constantly look as if they're befuddled, doing their best to interpret Sally Potter's obtuse writing and directing style.
Wildaly M
Ricci turns in a really good performance.
Nikki Meroney
Hard to understand what some of the characters are saying or singing and a little slow in parts.

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