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I Am A Sex Addict (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

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On the eve of his third wedding, documentary filmmaker Caveh Zahedi bravely turns the camera on himself to explore his decade-long addiction to sex in an autobiographical tale of personal peccadillo featuring animation from Waking Life artist Bob Sabiston and featuring a rare film appearance by French porn legend Rebecca Lord. His previous marriages destroyed by his obsession with prostitutes and his many intimate relationships sabotaged by his unwavering commitment to the concept of open

Sep 12, 2006

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (12) | DVD (8)

Candor wins points almost anywhere, and that's what Zahedi has, in spades.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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That self-indulgent documentary form, the biographical essay film, earns its most onanistic installment ever.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The narrowness of [Zahedi's] sexual repertoire is the springboard for a charming and boundless homemade sort of filmmaking.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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... Zahedi tries to construct a narrative from his epic bad behavior, presumably for the purpose of shedding light on something. What this is remains mysterious after a single viewing, but not so mysterious as to inspire a second.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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... while some may bail early, those who stay to the end are likely to dwell on Zahedi's unwavering (some would say unrelenting) belief in his own artistry, as well as the film's many funny, quotable lines ...

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The filmmaker's ability to at once mock himself and consider his dilemma with compassion transforms an otherwise smarmy tale into something honest and insightful.

April 21, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie nonetheless can't sustain the thin interest of a man's obsession with outlaw fellatio.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This strange little movie is a mixed bag, hard to eagerly recommend but also hard to completely dismiss.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a fun and unique movie that isn't soon forgotten

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Even if you can keep it in your pants, you'll be tickled and intrigued by Zahedi's look at why he couldn't.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

At 98 minutes, Addict demands an investment not repaid by its basic unpleasantness.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Self-involved and self-indulgent. It's almost as if [Zahedi] made the movie for himself, for his loved ones and for no one else.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Making this confessional film may have been therapeutic for Zahedi, but it's pure torture for an audience.

May 19, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

Zahedi is wry and certainly fearless as he pours his sex life onto the screen, but around the ninth time he goes cruising for prostitutes it gets a little hard to take.

May 19, 2006 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Zahedi pulls off the difficult trick of making you despise, pity and admire him. You get the feeling it's been much the same for the women in his life.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

I kinda don't wanna burst Zahedi's bubble, because at least he's being open and exploratory and honest about how infatuated with himself he is, which is more than can be said for most men, but still: Bwahahaha, get over yourself, dude.

May 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comment (1)
Flick Filosopher

... the film's flaws stem from 'TMZ' -- too much Zahedi.

April 28, 2006
Reel.com

Consequently, I Am a Sex Addict is ruthlessly frank in its freakish frivolity and absurdly lyrical in the grubby ramblings of its professed and confused cad.

April 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Audience Reviews for I Am A Sex Addict

A fascinating watch as we see one man use film making as a kind of therapy. This has probably been done before, but never so openly. Zahedi is an honest and endearing man. His naivety translates well into both comedy and genuine emotion. The constant breaking of the forth wall and laying out facts about the film's production, as well as his story, make this sometimes jumbled, but always enjoyable. I got a real feel for Zahedi, but this film doesn't wallow in self pity or excuse his actions. It's low budget helps Zahedi create some wonderful little quirks.
May 9, 2010
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Interested autobiographical documentary of a writer-director-recovering sex addict Caveh Zahedi in his past nasty and pervert life.
March 11, 2007
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