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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]
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.
In this roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie, Terence Stamp gives one of the year's best performances.
Chicago Tribune
On the whole, though, it is funny and compassionate, silly and sweet. [26 Aug 1994]
The script is spiked with cheeky, occasionally hilarious encounters, like the trio's stroll through a lazy Outback town in flamboyant space-age drag, or Bernadette's deliciously unprintable riposte to a hostile woman in a bar.
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.
It is done well, yet one is still surprised to find it done at all.
Wall Street Journal
Like the "girls," the movie is flamboyant in almost every respect - the costumes, the humor and the sentimentality. [1 Sep 1994]
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.
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.
USA Today
Poor, no-respect ABBA gets tweaked repeatedly in this unexpectedly handsome widescreen import - though, in keeping with the movie's soft tone, the gooning isn't mean-spirited or even all that catty. [10 Aug 1994]

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