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Psychopathia Sexualis (2006)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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The sexually salacious cases originally presented in Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious, turn-of-the-century medical text come to the screen in a complicated collection of erotic stories strung together by the curious tale of a manipulative doctor who may not always have his patient's best interests in mind. From the story of a sexually repressed man who develops a troubling taste for human blood to the tale of a homosexual seeking to "cure" his condition, a masochist who enlists the aid of

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Jan 9, 2007

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It's a mildly enjoyable romp.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Lugubrious to the extreme of unintended comedy, the movie suggests a regional dinner theater production of a late- ' 80s Peter Greenaway film.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Psychopathia Sexualis seems both plodding and snickering in its almost comically tepid rendering of masochism, homosexuality,

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Psychopathia Sexualis isn't sexy enough to be soft porn. Neither will it cause an excess of cerebral stimulation.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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What Woods achieves in his arch, velvet-cushioned vignettes is a sense of the subjects being reduced to symptom and diagnosis.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Not even necrophilia and the imaginative deployment of leeches can relieve this exercise in unrelenting dullness.

June 8, 2006
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Manages to be provocative without being exploitative.

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

The turgid accumulation of tedious sex just bores.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Lurid though the material is, the film is scrupulously anti-erotic.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It's hardly revolutionary or revealing and Wood is more craftsman than storyteller or cinema essayist.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Everything you ever wanted to know about sexual perversity but were afraid to ask is on anemic display in Bret Wood's new film.

June 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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