Kinsey (2004)




Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: R (for pervasive sexual content, including some graphic images and descriptions)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Condon
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2005
Box Office: $10.2M
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Critic Reviews for Kinsey

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (43)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A seriously by-the-numbers biopic...

Full Review… | July 1, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Great movie, but not for kids.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Liam Neeson delivers a fearless portrait of a unique individual.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Fascinating as well as entertaining...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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