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2015 3.0/5 IMDb 7.1/10 (12k) R SuperHD 87 minutes

Fresh out of a stint in jail, transgender prostitute Sin-Dee and her pal Alexandra hit the crazy streets of LA to get revenge on her fickle pimp.

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Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan, James Ransone, Alla Tumanian, Luiza Nersisyan, Arsen Grigoryan, Ian Edwards, Clu Gulager Directed by Sean Baker

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Language: English

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NYT Critics' Pick: Review: ‘Tangerine,’ a Madcap Buddy Picture About Transgender Prostitutes

Sean Baker’s fast, funny comedy, shot on iPhones, doesn’t dive deep into transgender identity but shows that femininity is a mask that can be slipped on and off. — Manohla Dargis Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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"Tangerine" has generated interest partly because it was made using iPhones augmented by other devices. But technology can only take a film so far - it's the story that really matters.

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2015-08-06

 

Smart, antic comedy that's eager to offend.

John Anderson, Newsday, 2015-07-24

 

Baker gets great, sly, unforced performances from his two leads, but it's not all a rollicking good time: There are moments of quietude, inquietude, moments when a sense of wariness and loneliness settles over the women.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-07-24

 

"Tangerine" is the wildest screwball transgender comedy since Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon donned lipstick, mascara and full-tilt female get-ups in "Some Like It Hot."

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-07-23

 

Rodriguez and Taylor are terrific. Their confidence is infectious, yet they never let us forget the challenges their lives offer.

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-07-23

 

It's not the technology and law-breaking that make this movie so ingeniously unique. It's the people, the place, the electric sense of movement and the biting sense of humor.

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2015-07-22

 

[A] rollicking indie comedy.

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-07-16

 

As one character observes in "Tangerine," Los Angeles is "a beautifully wrapped lie." Baker has created a fitting homage to artifice and the often tawdry, tender realities that lie beneath.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2015-07-16

 

This is sublime filmmaking, a textbook example of how indies can tell groundbreaking stories in a way that Hollywood simply can't match.

David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-07-16

 

A reinvigorating reminder of what indie filmmaking can -- and should -- do.

David Ehrlich, Time Out, 2015-07-13

 

Tangerine is a great Los Angeles movie and a great indie and a great reminder of the possibilities of creativity during a time when everything is a sequel or a reboot or a comic-book spectacle.

Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com, 2015-07-11

 

A necessary portrait of a multiracial L.A. as a concrete-surfaced hard-knocks-a-thon... as well as a hilarious and high-spirited comedy with a dramatic, third-act curve ball that reminds us that there are aching hearts under the quips and weaves.

Inkoo Kang, TheWrap, 2015-07-10

 

This is a gorgeous, timely and possibly profound human comedy, and if there's no disentangling the medium from the message that's because both are powerful and ambiguous.

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2015-07-10

 

A sneaky slice-of-life indie that comes on all casual and cinema-verite in the early scenes, then slowly coalesces into a romantic comedy as intricately constructed as any door-slamming stage farce.

Dana Stevens, Slate, 2015-07-10

 

Shot on an iPhone 5 for practically no money, Tangerine jumps off the screen and wows you like nobody's business.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2015-07-10

 

These people are the way they are, the movie says. This obscenely vibrant patch of L.A. is officially an enclave. But Baker makes it feel bigger and louder and crazier than that. He turns subculture into family.

Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2015-07-10

 

The chemistry of the leads and their authentic, crackling dialogue make it a pleasure to tag along for the day.

Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times, 2015-07-09

 

Little is as it seems in "Tangerine," a fast, raucously funny comedy about love and other misadventures.

Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2015-07-09

 

The film is clearly not for everyone; sometimes it wasn't for me. But it's steadfastly nonjudgmental and wonderfully tender toward two searchers for new versions of old-fashioned love.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2015-07-09

 

In effect, "Tangerine" offers a saccharine alternative to the uncut realism of the Safdie brothers' "Heaven Knows What."

Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-07-16