By Hook or By Crook

Released 2001


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By Hook or By Crook is a 2001 romantic crime drama directed by Harriet Dodge and Silas Howard. In the film, Shy (Silas Howard) is a bossy butch lesbian who has just lost her father. Her sudden loss leaves her wanting more out of life, so she decides to head to San Francisco and begin a life of crime. She feels this career choice will provide her with the money she feels she needs to be happy. During Shy's travels, she meets Valentine (Harriet Dodge) who is also a butch lesbian. Valentine is traveling to San Francisco to search for her birth mother. The two women create a close friendship and are very devoted to each other. Once in San Francisco, they are met with several adversaries and difficult, sometimes dangerous, situations. Throughout all the turmoil, the two women stick together and vow to get what they both want out of life, by any means necessary.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    The essential humanity of the characters shines through, giving face and form to a subculture the movies have largely neglected.

  • 50

    Boston Globe Wesley Morris

    Not particularly good -- meaning navigable, remotely entertaining, pleasing to the eye -- it does, rather nobly, want to hip its audience to gender fluidity.

  • 40

    Variety Robert Koehler

    No movie like this about friendship between two young lesbians and their various adventures, punctuated with laissez-faire jump-cutting, should be this boring.

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Crime, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance