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Kinsey (2004)

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90

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 172 | Rotten: 20

A biopic of the sex researcher is hailed as adventurous, clever, and subversive, with fine performances by Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

90

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 4

A biopic of the sex researcher is hailed as adventurous, clever, and subversive, with fine performances by Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

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Alfred Kinsey was an entomologist who taught at Indiana University and had a keen interest in an area of human behavior that had seen little scholarly research -- human sexuality. While the courtship and reproductive patterns of animals had been carefully documented, Kinsey believed that most "established facts" about human sexual behavior were a matter of conjecture rather than research and that what most people said about their sex lives was not born out by the evidence (a subject that had

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Bill Condon

May 17, 2005

$10.2M

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The shame is that the film doesn't convey more mess or danger; its sex and its politics are almost entirely dinner-table-friendly.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's delightfully playful for a serious movie, balancing glib wit against its pathos and controversy.

December 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The great thing about Kinsey is the triumphant way it entertains, informs and electrifies us with the highest values of traditional cinema while opening our hearts and minds with the liberating potential of human diversity.

November 29, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The biopic succumbs to a paint-by-numbers feel as it dutifully touches the highs and lows of a life that can't easily fit within two hours.

November 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Smart, eloquent and refreshingly free of condescension, Kinsey makes clear we'd all be a lot worse off without him.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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One heck of a flick, paying homage to an imperfect man whose impact on history may be substantial, and yet painting him as a clumsy, passionate fellow who's simply trying to figure things out.

November 24, 2004
Detroit News
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A seriously by-the-numbers biopic...

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Great movie, but not for kids.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Fascinating as well as entertaining...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

"Kinsey" is itself a sex education movie that uses historical fact and personal stories to articulate things that statistics can't reveal, like the uniqueness of every individual's imagination.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

I urge you to go see this film when it comes to a theater near you -- not only to enjoy a well made film, but also to send a message that there ain't nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CHUD

Performances are excellent, and the period look is impeccable, but Condon's worshipful tone makes the movie an exercise in unconscious irony: an utterly conventional biography of an utterly unconventional man.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

He's a terribly flawed man but instead of soapy histrionics, Condon underlines the tragedy with outrageous humour.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com

The saddening thing about Kinsey is that it's no longer as funny as it would have been just a few years ago.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Notable for encompassing a man committed in the extreme to the uninhibited, matter of fact scrutiny of sexuality, even if open and exposed like a wound.

March 23, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Kinsey is a hagiographic tribute to the man who helped make possible the emerging do-whatever-you-want orthodoxy of our own times.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Liam Neeson somehow knits Kinsey's qualities together in a likeable human pattern.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Neeson gives one of his best performances and is -- you'll forgive the expression -- as loose as he's ever been in a role, while Linney turns in another effortless performance.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

While subjects like masturbation, homosexuality and wife swapping were taboo in Kinsey's time, they're everyday topics today.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Does it openly moralize for greater sexual freedom? Surely not, but indirectly it may encourage more folks to examine their own beliefs.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Captures authentic truth by refusing to lionize its far-from-perfect subject.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Genocídio, sim; orgasmo, não. Somos mesmo uma espécie evoluída.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

"Kinsey" isn't the story of a moral man. It is about how one person's morality can affect a culture of repression.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Kinsey's interest in sex combines the psychological and mechanical, and the film strikes a balance that is neither erotic nor clinical.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

La película tiene su intensidad dramática, y no le teme a los conflictos y las contradicciones del propio Kinsey (un notable Liam Neeson, lleno de matices).

March 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for Kinsey

The start of the sexual revolution for the hoi polloi begins when an obscure researcher opts to go the populist route and to give 'em what they want. Ahhh, but there may be some consequence ... not bad if a little slow.
October 17, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Great acting, some really fun moments. It's not going to rock your world, but it might nudge it a little.
January 9, 2012
kenstachnik

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A biographical film concerning the findings, research, and life of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a zoologist and entomologist who turned his attention to the science of sex when the nation was still knee deep in the Cold War. Kinsey opened the American public up to a great deal of factual information that changed lives, saved others, and put a brighter light on human biological functions, making it obvious to general speculation that all of us are equally normal, and different at the same time. The film explores the revelations of Kinsey, and the steps he took from simply studying animal behavior, to the unheard of concept of sexual research. None of it broaches on especially scandalous in modern eyes, but the chasm between Kinsey, his wife, his children, and his research team becomes increasingly apparent. He only wants to study and catalogue a taboo topic, and his glaring clarity on the subject subjugates him from his son, who only wants to be seen as normal. His wife and constant companion is all too accommodating with his decisions to experiment, and goes along with everything in a supportive manner. Kinsey only speaks of his subject and that seems to be the extent of his conversational skills, driving him away from human contact, which is the sole way he seems to find pleasure in life. The increasing trials of the House on Un-American Activities Committee, a strain on funds, and a shunning from any scientific field or public interest derails him further. The choice of cast was superb: Liam Neeson, though burdened by an accent he can't misplace, was so stoic and brave in his portrayal, that he completed a vision of a man bridled with his own inequalities and social misgivings. Linney provides another role of a woman with a lot on her mind, but little in the way of showing it. The choice to include great character actors such as Timothy Hutton, Dylan Baker, and Oliver Platt really pulled everything together, since each took their role to heart and fleshed out their characters. It was interesting look into American repression during the fifties, and an examination of whether sex is based on love, pleasure, or is in fact a scientific field to be explored without emotional attachment.
November 6, 2011
FrizzDrop

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The biographical story of Alfred Kinsey, the trail blazing scientist who, in 1948, shocked the world with his sensational book "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male". The film recounts his extraordinary journey from obscurity to notoriety with graphic detail.

It's hard to overstate Kinsey's impact on American culture. While I agree that his contributions are beyond significant and that his is a story worth telling, I still have far too many inhibitions to be objective in my review of this explicit and controversial movie. Kinsey the film, much like Kinsey the man, is sometimes disturbing but always interesting.
December 12, 2009
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