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Inside Deep Throat Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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[A] valuable document of a cultural shift.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 18, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Fascinating social criticism and a witty and relevant take on American sexual history.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

April 22, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 31, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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It just doesn't go deep enough.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A better film than its subject.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 4, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Above all, the film is a lively, music-filled social history.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2005
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Deep Throat bore an X certificate. Inside Deep Throat is an NC-17. Neither is suitable for grownups.

February 22, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 20, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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

February 18, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The movie will set off a slew of new questions.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

February 18, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A fascinating look back both at a time when sex wasn't discussed in polite circles, and at Deep Throat itself.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 17, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

February 17, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A history lesson that challenges many preconceptions.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 17, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 14, 2005
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 12, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

February 12, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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This feeble documentary ends up perpetuating the very hypocrisy it means to probe.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 12, 2005
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The free-speech agenda is so entrenched that the concept of pornography exploiting women seems to catch the directors flat-footed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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This trip down memory lane seems to have no agenda and treats principals on both sides of the conflict with respect.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 11, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie uses new and old interviews and newsreel footage to remember a time when porn was brand-new.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A thorough but highly entertaining documentary.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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What's lacking here is a clear point of view.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 11, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Makes a diverting case for Deep Throat as more than just a shadowy cinematic footnote.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 11, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Balanced enough to serve as a cautionary tale that cuts in several directions at once.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Eager to tell one story, Inside Deep Throat neglects the more compelling story within it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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-

February 11, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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An entertaining and moderately informative documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Things get fresher, funnier and, inevitably, more poignant when we meet the people involved in the making of the movie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 10, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Plays like a giddy prance through the minefield of the last three decades of American sex and politics.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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

February 10, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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This lively, if maddeningly reductive documentary examines the influence of the low-budget 1972 film Deep Throat.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 10, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's a fascinating story but not so fascinatingly told.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 10, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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It's extremely entertaining.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 10, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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A fast and loose documentary that grabs you in the moment but leaves a distinct emptiness the morning after.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 10, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Nimble, engrossing, and journalistically eye-opening.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

February 9, 2005
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Beneath these cartoon floats marches a parade of greedy goodfellas, scheming exhibitors, idiot politicians, swanning celebs, and frothing religious fundamentalists.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 8, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

January 27, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 27, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

January 25, 2005
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