XXY (2007)

Lucia Puenzo's drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either gender, young teenager Alex's (Ines Efron) hermaphroditic physiology causes a massive… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This sharp directorial debut by Lucia Puenzo treats the challenging subject of intersexuality with intelligence and sensitivity.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Moody and thoughtful.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

XXY is the first film to address intersex identity with graceful compassion, and [director] Puenzo tells Alex's story with simple, honest and forthright integrity.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Even when the film overdoses on its own downcastness or on dubious similes and symbolisms, you can feel why the characters as well as the filmmakers are humbled in more than one way by the conceptual intricacies and the high emotional stakes of the essent

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Bob Mondello

The movie's images are frequently startling, its performances sharply observed and quirky, and its take on its subject matter undeniably provocative.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is not a message picture, never lectures, contains partial nudity but avoids explicit images and grows into a poignant human drama.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Puenzo goes beyond medical melodrama with a talented ensemble of Argentine actors who make this weird tale breathe.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Trim and briskly paced, XXY is sometimes difficult to watch, but Puenzo lets the actors explore a full range of emotions.

David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

Lucía Puenzo's XXY is as finely crafted as a great work of literature.

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Christopher Null

treats gender issues with a hand so delicate you feel sad for everyone involved

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is quite nice to see how this intimate and poignant human drama about intersexuality appropriately avoids easy answers and resolutions, being mostly subtle,… More
Lady D'arbanville
Simplistic, yet effective. Covering a rare, but intriguing subject matter and creating a realistic style film and conveying feelings and emotions through… More
Cynthia S.
What an excellent movie!! Being a teenager is hard enough without all that this poor kid had to deal with. This a well done movie, and told the story that it… More
Elvira B
Amazing, intense, contained, just leaves you speechless. In my opinion, pure cinema.
paul sandberg
XXY is a coming of age film, but with an interesting and provocative twist; the main character is a hermaphrodite. This may be shocking to some, but I found… More
Luke Baldock
A wonderfully subtle film that, given it's subject matter, could have easily spilled over into sentimentality. One of the genius strokes is to have Alex,… More