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It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Actors: Mickey O'Hagan , Josh Sussman , Scott Krinsky , Clu Gulager , Alla Tumanian , James Ransone , Mickey O'Hagen , John Gulager , Karren Karagulian , Mya Taylor , Kitana Kiki Rodriguez
Directors: Sean Baker
Country: USA
Release: 2015-07-10
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  • Eric Kohn

    Baker once again manages to match underrepresented faces in American cinema with material that lets their personalities shine.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    Utilizing underseen subjects, [Baker] captures their world in a thoughtful and artful way, and it also happens to be a damn fun ride.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The film's smart craftsmanship is ultimately less noteworthy than its humanizing, prejudice-challenging immersion into the lives of people who inhabit L.A.'s low-end drug and sex industry.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Writer-director Sean Baker’s sun-scorched, street-level snapshot is a work of rueful, matter-of-fact insight and unapologetically wild humor that draws a motley collection of funny, sad and desperate individuals into its protagonists’ orbit.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    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. Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    A saturated picture that courses with the raw energy of found footage while still feeling artfully composed, a movie that punches with the skittering violence of dubstep but careens through L.A. with the unbridled freedom of bebop jazz.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

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

    Slate Full Review
  • David Lewis

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

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Tangerine encompasses dizzying multitudes — it’s a neo-screwball chase flick with a dash of Rainer Werner Fassbinder — but mostly, movingly, it is a female-friendship movie about two people who each started life with an XY chromosome set.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    Tangerine is touching for its non-condescending stance toward working girls and the spirit of the sidewalk.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    What’s extraordinary about Tangerine is that it’s everything an entertaining, old-fashioned, mainstream Hollywood comedy should be but no longer is. That nowadays you have to get this kind of stuff via Sundance from directors using iPhones is a drag — the wrong kind.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rebecca Keegan

    With a witty and efficient script by director Sean Baker and co-writer Chris Bergoch, Tangerine peels back the curtain on a fascinating Los Angeles microculture.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    In the early minutes you might not be sure what you're watching. Tangerine's a comedy, of course, laced with rambunctious, exuberantly ragged dialogue. But by the end, Baker and his actors have led us to a place beyond comedy — you may still be laughing, but your breath catches a little on the way out.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A groundbreaking film that leaves you in stitches while quietly breaking your heart.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The two working girls at the center of Tangerine are played by engaging newcomers: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as the freshly out-of-jail Sin-Dee Rella, and Mya Taylor as her best friend Alexandra.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Baker's previous films "Take Out" and "Starlet" have focused on populations generally treated with disdain by mainstream society -- illegal immigrants and porn performers, respectively. With Tangerine he continues to prove that by depicting these characters in all their flaws and majesty, movies can inspire awareness of our shared humanity. And make us laugh.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It’s the movie’s quietest, softest moments that register most strongly, be it Alexandra’s low-key performance of Victor Herbert’s “Toyland” to an almost empty bar, or the final scene, which finds her and Sin-Dee alone in a Laundromat at the end of a long, bad night.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

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

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    Tangerine paints a portrait of transgender sex workers and their clients that pulses with raunchy energy and compassionate humour. It’s a bracing slice of American indie film-making.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Tangerine’s greatest accomplishment, however, lies with director Baker, who filmed the movie using an iPhone 5S. It’s an amazing achievement – the fluidity of the camerawork is exhilarating at times, the intimacy of the close-ups sometimes unsettling.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Although the story of Sin-Dee and Alexandra might have benefited from a bit more structure, it’s a window into a world of which many people are unaware — but a world that has its share of dreamers.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    As written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch and directed by Baker, it's assured and immensely likable, and truly independent in story and style. Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The film bustles along through a series of reveals – a storytelling technique that can lose an audience’s sympathy or suspension of disbelief pretty fast, but which works flawlessly here because the filmmakers and the performers know exactly who their characters are and what kind of world they live in.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A feisty, funny, down-and-dirty farce as nasty as a Supreme Court dissent, as timely as a Jenner magazine cover.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Its triumph is primarily a matter of style, a visionary revelation every bit as expressionistic as its main character's electric sense of shade.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Richard Brody

    Baker revels in the power of clichés and the generic energy of his low-fi cinematography, which is done with a cell phone. The results are picturesque and anecdotal.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Subtlety and irony are not among the film’s virtues.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Tangerine offers a warts-and-all depiction of a subculture seldom treated with respect by straight society. The movie handles it in a sincere way that’s entertaining, too.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Like the rest of the film, it's has its laughs and it has its emotion, just not enough of either.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It radiates a candour, immediacy and tongue-scalding sex appeal that a bigger budget would have only smothered.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Patrick Gamble

    Poetic realism for a digital age, Tangerine also shares a lot of qualities with the cinema of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. There's no cheap manipulation here and Baker's characters never come across as victims.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    There’s real energy.

    The Guardian Full Review
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