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233 Ratings

Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Directed by Richard Brooks
United States, 1977


A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar Directed by Richard Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1978 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Writers Guild of America

1978 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1978 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1977 | 3rd place: Best Actress

Each film is unsettling—Unsane for its claustrophobia (enhanced by Soderbergh’s use of an iPhone camera) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar for its streak of simultaneous cruelty and moralism, which hasn’t aged very well.
December 28, 2018
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There are films that ripen on the vine, and then there is “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” Richard Brooks’s 1977 adaptation of the Judith Rossner novel… While Brooks’s film made bank, reviews were mixed. Viewed forty years later, you can see why. Its ambivalence about independent female sexuality makes for a jarring, fractured viewing experience if also a fascinating time capsule of the hypocrisies necessitating today’s #metoo revolution.
October 25, 2017
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What makes the film so fascinating and repellent at once is precisely the confusion and anxiety it articulates about women’s sexual freedom.
May 04, 2016
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