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William Friedkin

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About the Movie

Sexual thriller with Al Pacino as a young cop who must go undercover as a gay 'cruiser' in New York City. There's a homicidal homophobe on the streets, brutally killing gay men, and it's up to Pacino to stop him. Shot on location in several gay bars of the era.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This detective melodrama has something to offend almost everyone. – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine, Jun 9, 2014

Rotten: Taking away the kissing, caressing and a few bloody killings, Friedkin has no story, though picture pretends to be a murder mystery combined with a study of Al Pacino's psychological degradation. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 9, 2014

Fresh: No one would get away with it now, or even try. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 9, 2014

Fresh: Cruising is a mediocre thriller but an amazing time capsule -- a heady, horny flashback to the last gasp of full-blown sexual abandon, and easily the most graphic depiction of gay sex ever seen in a mainstream movie. – Nathan Lee, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Incredible Cult Classic

Just don't bring the kids--graphic sexuality. Other than that, it's an excellent murder mystery set against R-rated underground 70's gay New York. Really captures the end of the gay 70's era, just before AIDS hit the major cities. It's a VERY unflattering portrait of a highly visible minority within the gay movement of the time, quite provacative, for the open mind. In the end, it's a wonderful, very dark Hollywood movie. Great soundtrack and acting. A classic--not to be missed by the serious film buff.

Scariest Movie

One of the scariest movies ever! This movie will shock you and keep you on the edge of your seat. I saw this movie 20 years ago and i remember it like i saw it yesterday. This movie shows why AL Pacino is one of the greats.

aweful fim

they way they depict gay men in this film just shows how far we've come in our understanding of people who like the same sex, even pacino cant save this movie. Just unwatchable.