(1999)

Critic Reviews

43

Metascore

Based on 12 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Vera has created a provocative, absorbing drama that reveals the curse of a self-hatred instilled by rigid social mores.
80
Chicago Reader
It goes beyond sympathy and authenticity to insight as it examines the plight of a man who loves a man but feels he must love a woman.
75
The gay sex in Second Skin is vividly displayed and erotically charged, while the heterosexual material is presented discreetly.
60
Variety
Starts out slow but ends up engaging both heart and mind, despite occasional slips into straight melodrama.
50
New York Daily News
So sudsy it should have been rinsed off before being allowed into theaters.
50
New Times (L.A.)
Vera's technical prowess ends up selling his film short; he smoothes over hard truths even as he uncovers them.
40
Despite some strong performances, never rises above the level of a telanovela.
40
Austin Chronicle
After two hours of Vera's pretty but wet-blanket direction, it's too late to ignite any fireworks, even in the hands of such capable actors.
40
Lukewarm melodrama disappoints.
38
New York Post
But by the time events unfold, viewers will most likely have given up on this melodramatic.

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