The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert : Critic Reviews

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Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Good ain't the half of it in this case - it's funny, it's endearing, it's strangely touching. [19 Aug 1994]
83
Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
The generosity and gorgeousness with which Aussie writer-director Stephan Elliott (and costume designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel) turn this most unlikely road picture into something arresting - if a tad sentimental - in its naive vision of a perfectly tolerant world.
80
Janet Maslin The New York Times
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert presents a defiant culture clash in generous, warmly entertaining ways.
75
James Berardinelli ReelViews
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is about the most fun you can have with three guys who like to dress up as women.
75
Peter Travers Rolling Stone
In this roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie, Terence Stamp gives one of the year's best performances.
70
Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
This nicely made 1994 comedy-drama could be described as an Australian "Easy Rider," with Sydney drag queens instead of bikers and no apocalyptic ending.
67
Austin Chronicle
Where drag is concerned, though, the film does anything but drag; Elliott has no compunction about restraint, and Priscilla gushes with bitchy repartee, campy comedy, sappy Seventies pop (Abba! “Billy, Don't Be a Hero”! “Take a Letter, Maria”!), and production numbers so outrageous, they make the Divine Miss M's excess look like the efforts of a Baptist boys' camp.
63
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
It is done well, yet one is still surprised to find it done at all.
60
Angie Errigo Empire
Those who find men in feathers inherently divine will have a high old time here, and there are enough hilarious cinematic moments for the gob-smacked rest.
50
Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
Director Stephan Elliott too easily buys into the drag queens' conception of themselves as valiant pursuers of illusion, without ever questioning the value of the illusion being pursued.

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