After luring us into what appears to be a classic they-gazed-at-each-other-across-an-empty-bar romantic setup, Jordan undermines our expectations so thoroughly that it's as if we've rediscovered our innocence as moviegoers.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
The physical production is as lush as the film's romantic longings.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
The Crying Game ventures into such exquisitely unique territory that you feel giddy from the pleasure of being allowed to travel along.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Reasons remain to watch this movie: the development of Fergus and the fine performances, most notably Whitaker and Richardson, who plays her character with just the right number of screws loose.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This thriller gives you an entertaining run for your money and some offbeat frissons along the way.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
If you're waiting for something explosive to happen, that may be the case, but if you're absorbing the meticulous and subtle character interaction, the pacing is perfect.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Review Those unacquainted with The Crying Game should note that it is well acted, original in intent rather than execution, and in possession of a narrative about-turn so insane that the film is guaranteed a place in cinematic history.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Neil Jordan's daring, mesmerizing film combines a Hitchcockian thriller and a spellbinding love story with a twist set against intriguing political circumstances; don't reveal the ending to your friends.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The Crying Game's effectiveness comes not from the big reveal, but from the expertly crafted story that frames it and makes it into a meaningful reversal rather than a sudden isolated shock.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
A finely-acted, sensitively-written tale of an IRA gunman finding some sort of redemption in the arms of a British soldier's lover.
Barry McIlheney - Empire Magazine
- Time Out
Tthe film does work, raises a plethora of questions concerning loyalty, violence and the nature of desire, and is in some respects a summation of the various themes that have emerged from Jordan's work.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Clint Morris - Film Threat
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Even if you know the big surprise, it's a compelling drama
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
A spindly, absorbing thriller about politics, ethics, sexuality, and the looseness of identity.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Neil Jordan at his best.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The Crying Game pulls off a tremendously difficult technical feat; its screenplay contains not one, but two, wrenching twists, each of which could easily derail the narrative in the hands of a lesser storyteller.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Now wildly overrated, but a very good little mystery story.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
It is original, well-written, well-photographed, well-acted, extremely well-directed and very poignant.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
James Rocchi - Netflix
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A corker from start to finish with its exploration of the choices which define the soul.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Got too much buzz because of the ending but despite the hype, still a pretty good movie. And Jaye Davidson has a purty mouth.
KJB - IGN Movies
Extremely original masterpiece in British cinema
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Not as great as all that, but certainly engaging enough.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Despite certain reservations, however, it must be said that Neil Jordan's The Crying Game is a remarkable film.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Don't read any more reviews. This is a tough film to review without revealing any of the plot twists. Word is going to get around soon about this film. See it first. And don't tell anyone else either.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Lest you think that The Crying Game is all moral conundrums and mental high jinks... it is. But never, for a second, is the ride anything less than fun.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film