Reviews

Sep 15, 2020
One of Fassbinder's most poignant melodramas, Fox and His Friends has lost none its resonance as both pointed social commentary and a moral fable.
Oct 28, 2019
Offers the most intimate look thus far into the complex and probing psyche of [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] who, although only in his early 30s, is already making significant contributions to the art of filmmaking as an actor, writer and director.
Jan 30, 2018
Brute beauty... quietly savage 1975 x-ray of the exploitation of a simple man... startles with its dense, concrete tapestry of trashy fairgrounds and garishly tasteless apartments and bolthole gay bars and swimming pools and horrifying exploitation.
Jan 25, 2017
the central relationship fits the dramatic requirements and dutifully fulfills its mission of acting as a microcosm for the insidious nature of social and economic manipulation, but it never feels real
Sep 15, 2014
This melodramatic fable of emotional extremes is sharp and precise-nowhere more than in Fassbinder's attention to the price of domestic comforts and industrial necessities.
Sep 18, 2006
Fassbinder gives an excellent performance as the abused Fox, and the direction is of his usual high standard.
Jun 24, 2006
One of Fassbinder's own personal favorites, the powerful Fox and His Friends may also be the greatest gay film ever made.
May 8, 2006
One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's brilliant melodramas from the 1970s.
Jul 3, 2005
May 9, 2005
It excludes all life that is not within the very narrow intentions of its author. Its pores have been painted over.
Dec 26, 2004
Oct 30, 2004
Oct 23, 2004
Here is a movie about characters who define themselves by their sexuality, but the movie doesn't. It takes the sexuality as a given, and defines them by their values and morals.
Jun 26, 2004
The film's stark relentlessness has power to move an audience.
Sep 21, 2003
Entertaining but oddly parsed coming of age tale. For Fassbinder enthusiasts only.
Aug 31, 2003
Make no mistake, this is the real Queer as Folk, but for all of Fassbinder's gripes with an elite gay culture's many sexual hang-ups, Fox and His Friends is first and foremost a riveting evocation of Social Darwinism in action.
Jan 10, 2003
An ace snapshot from 27 years ago that still feels contemporary and pressing.
Jul 15, 2002
Not for a moment does Fassbinder indulge our fantasies that Fox's tryst might be working toward a happy ending.
Jul 13, 2002
Fox's journey downward is more of a straight shot than a spiral.
Jan 1, 2000
This 1975 melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of his better middle-period films.