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Inside Deep Throat (2005)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 99 | Rotten: 21

A documentary on the film that brought smut mainstream, Inside Deep Throat is gaining praise as an entertaining look at a pop culture milestone. However, some critics say the film could have gone a little deeper into the people involved.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 14

A documentary on the film that brought smut mainstream, Inside Deep Throat is gaining praise as an entertaining look at a pop culture milestone. However, some critics say the film could have gone a little deeper into the people involved.



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An examination of the unanticipated lasting cultural impact generated by "Deep Throat", a sexually explicit film first shown in a midtown Manhattan adult theater in June 1972 that quickly became the flashpoint for an unprecedented social and political firestorm.


Documentary, Television


Sep 20, 2005


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Bailey and Barbato can only scratch the Boogie Nights-influenced surface, but they cover the ABCs of pornography with undeniable zip.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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[A] valuable document of a cultural shift.

July 18, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Fascinating social criticism and a witty and relevant take on American sexual history.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The absorption of Deep Throat into the political melodrama that was Watergate seems to have led to some grandiose statements in Messrs. Bailey and Barbato's documentary.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It just doesn't go deep enough.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Bailey and Barbato aren't as interested in the picture itself as they are in the people who made it, a collection of hustlers, crackpots, cranks and stooges colorful enough to inspire Elmore Leonard.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Three days after President Nixon brought a halt to military operations in Vietnam, another offensive maneuver was just beginning in Minneapolis.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

This keen look at the most successful independent film ever made describes how the film's distribution and profits were taken over by the mob, and how its director and actors were affected be the social and political powers that sought to use it as a tool

May 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

A polemic on America, and its incapability to be accepting of sexuality by demonizing and stigmatizing the act...

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Move over, Alfred Kinsey. Apparently the unusually avid sex researcher's knack for shaking up the gatekeepers of traditional moral values, may have been a mere dress rehearsal for Deep Throat a few decades later.

June 2, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

As an exercise in nostalgia...Inside Deep Throat is amusing

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Funny and saddening.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

A sharp documentary that has comedy, tragedy and, yes, a glimpse of Linda Lovelace's party trick.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Well-crafted and, in places, highly informative, but with the exception of some of the original film's hardcore sex scenes and the aforementioned Mob angle, there's little we haven't been exposed to before (no pun intended).

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

Financed by the mafia, always there when you need them most.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

At once amusingly entertaining and yet searingly revealing, Inside Deep Throat is documentary gold

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Clunky and forgettable as a documentary, Inside Deep Throat succeeds entirely thanks to its subject matter

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

An engrossing journey into a bizarre moment in American culture.

September 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

...with its 1970s-style groovy graphics and tittering adolescent's view of sexuality, [it] has a willfully disreputable tone, but it provides surprising insight.

August 4, 2005 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

An interesting, but rarely moving, film.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

An entertaining moustaches-and-all documentary that tells an engaging story and draws some thought-provoking parallels.

June 11, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Interviews with the surviving players, including porn stud Harry Reams ... make for entertaining viewing.

May 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

Deep Throat was of its era and important to it -- but the film did not, as this documentary would have you believe, create that more permissive era.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Inside Deep Throat

This documentary is about censorship and morals just as much as it is about porn films. I've never seen Deep Throat, I think I probably should for film research reasons, but whether it does it for you or not, it represents not just the entering into mainstream but it also shows the boost of the dumbing down and greed of the movie industry in general. Porn is massive in today's media and in society, this was its big turning point. Who would have thought so much would change as a result, it raises so many question about society and how we work. I guess rebellion and the want to progress is where this revolution came from and is something we can be proud of but our foresight is generally pretty lame, angry, greedy and horny things that we are.
September 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

Inside Deep Throat tells the story of one of the most famous Adult films in the genre. Deep Throat was one of the first porn films to cause outrage at the time of its release due to the fact that it showed explicit sexual material, which was unheard of at the time. The documentary takes a look at how the film revolutionized a new movement. The film is interesting and it goes in depth in discussing the success of this notorious film. The subject is interesting and the documentary filmmakers get interviews from many celebrities, filmmakers and people involved in the making of Deep Throat. For those interested in the subject, this is a great documentary to watch, but is not for everyone. The interviews are well conducted and some are humorous, and serious. Deep Throat was one of the most notorious Adult films ever made, as in 1972 it broke new ground in good taste. This film shows the story of the making of the film along with its legacy. The film also shows how some people that seek to ban the film were hypocritical because they went and saw the film multiple times. This is an interesting film, and I really enjoyed the interviews, especially the ones where director John Waters, Hugh Hefner and Bill Maher tell how the film became a phenomenon. Not only does the documentary look at the film's impact, but it looks at censorship and freedom of speech, which is also quite interesting. Inside Deep Throat is a great documentary that is worth seeing.
June 3, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This is a very well-edited and amusing documentary that investigates the cultural influence of one of the most polemic films ever made, as well as its impact on politics, the sexual revolution and the porn industry. An enlightening account that is fascinating and surprising.
February 7, 2012

Super Reviewer

Great documentaries come around once in a long time. And one of those is certainly Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's homage to the most successful pornographic film ever made. Inside Deep Throat not only provides an interesting history to the blockbuster hardcore film, but also provides the gravity of its impact and the influence of pornography on the culture. And as the film progresses, we see the increased stranglehold of censorship on artistic freedom and the devolution of the pornography from a rebellious art form coinciding hand-in-hand with the sexual revolution and the earliest stages of the feminist movement to a sleazy cash machine devoid of practically any value or effort. Though I wouldn't say Deep Throat was an artistic masterpiece, but its impression on American media history is impossible to ignore. This is one documentary that puts the current battles of censorship and freedom of artistic expression through sex in mainstream media used more than simply smut for the sake of smut to set under the microscope, and dissects it very well from the people who lived the lives of those who were involved in such an important bit of history. This film almost couples in time with Kirby Dick's amazing documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated which emerged the year after Inside Deep Throat.
September 27, 2011
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