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Inside Deep Throat Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Bailey and Barbato can only scratch the Boogie Nights-influenced surface, but they cover the ABCs of pornography with undeniable zip.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 18, 2005
[A] valuable document of a cultural shift.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 22, 2005
Fascinating social criticism and a witty and relevant take on American sexual history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 31, 2005
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.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 17, 2005
It just doesn't go deep enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 11, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 4, 2005
A better film than its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 4, 2005
Above all, the film is a lively, music-filled social history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 22, 2005
Deep Throat bore an X certificate. Inside Deep Throat is an NC-17. Neither is suitable for grownups.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 20, 2005
Although the film starts out with a clear thesis, by the time its 90 minute running length has expired, it is grasping at themes and topics that are beyond the limited scope of what a superficial documentary can achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 18, 2005
Might be more entertaining than instructive, but it manages to return us to a time when the world seemed crazy in a different sort of way.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 18, 2005
The movie will set off a slew of new questions.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 17, 2005
A fascinating look back both at a time when sex wasn't discussed in polite circles, and at Deep Throat itself.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2005
Offers a diverting tale of erstwhile indie filmmaking and the power of porn to generate change -- both at the box office and in the bedroom.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2005
A history lesson that challenges many preconceptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 17, 2005
Bailey and Barbato aren't interested in classic documentary filmmaking. They're trendy dabblers in waste management, picking through the pop-culture trash to see what they can recycle for kitsch value.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 14, 2005
It's a good blueprint for people who don't know about the movie and what a huge impact it had. It doesn't do much more than that.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 12, 2005
To me, at least, Inside Deep Throat felt drearily long (it's only about 90 minutes), and anyone who survived the anti-porn crusades of the '80s or the 'sex positive' porn of the '90s will find the arguments on all sides depressingly familiar.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 12, 2005
Bailey and Barbetto have mined this all-American circus for all its mindbending absurdity and legitimized it with a who's who of cultural critics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2005
This feeble documentary ends up perpetuating the very hypocrisy it means to probe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2005
The free-speech agenda is so entrenched that the concept of pornography exploiting women seems to catch the directors flat-footed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 11, 2005
This trip down memory lane seems to have no agenda and treats principals on both sides of the conflict with respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 11, 2005
The documentary has no great overriding argument it wants to make -- neither about the politicians-turned-censors who thought the world was coming to an end nor about those who saw Deep Throat as the apotheosis of American liberty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 11, 2005
The movie uses new and old interviews and newsreel footage to remember a time when porn was brand-new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 11, 2005
A thorough but highly entertaining documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 11, 2005
What's lacking here is a clear point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 11, 2005
Makes a diverting case for Deep Throat as more than just a shadowy cinematic footnote.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Balanced enough to serve as a cautionary tale that cuts in several directions at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 11, 2005
Eager to tell one story, Inside Deep Throat neglects the more compelling story within it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 11, 2005
Inside Deep Throat may boogie across this scorched terrain to an assortment of period pop songs, but it never lets you forget that that there were a lot of people who got burned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 11, 2005
The film leaves no doubt that the movie was an important cultural lynchpin in the '70s, but its import beyond those crazy, heady days may have been swept away by the home video revolution.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2005
An entertaining and moderately informative documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 10, 2005
Things get fresher, funnier and, inevitably, more poignant when we meet the people involved in the making of the movie.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2005
Plays like a giddy prance through the minefield of the last three decades of American sex and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 10, 2005
If their new film never quite makes the case that one dirty movie set off the culture war that rages across America today, it is a highly entertaining and informative look back.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 10, 2005
This lively, if maddeningly reductive documentary examines the influence of the low-budget 1972 film Deep Throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 10, 2005
It's a fascinating story but not so fascinatingly told.
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February 10, 2005
It's extremely entertaining.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2005
A fast and loose documentary that grabs you in the moment but leaves a distinct emptiness the morning after.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 9, 2005
Nimble, engrossing, and journalistically eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 8, 2005
Beneath these cartoon floats marches a parade of greedy goodfellas, scheming exhibitors, idiot politicians, swanning celebs, and frothing religious fundamentalists.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 27, 2005
Besides fresh and funny insights from the likes of Norman Mailer and John Waters, it shows how little censorship politics have changed from Nixon to Bush.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 27, 2005
Tracking down everyone possible involved in making the film, a raft of intellectual commentators and key participants in the lengthy legal battles, the filmmakers successfully place Deep Throat in the context of its time.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2005
The salient point here is that Deep Throat can be seen as one of the first battles of the culture wars that still divide this nation.