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Sex Positive (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Documentary filmmaker Daryl Wein explores the life and legacy of revolutionary gay S & M hustler-turned-AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz, whose noble efforts in promoting safe sex during the 1980s have been all but forgotten in the early years of the new millennium. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Jun 15, 2010

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3)

Wein tackles an incredibly complex array of issues surrounding HIV, focusing largely on Berkowitz, once a nice young Jewish kid at Rutgers who found a lucrative career as an S&M hustler before becoming an activist and co-author.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Daryl Wein calls attention both to unjustly neglected pioneering AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz and his still widely ignored groundbreaking promotion of safe sex.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Wein clearly cares for his subject. Yet he leaves room for our admiration and our ambivalence. This is an achievement of heart and of mind.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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For gays who remember the nightmare, Sex Positive may be too depressing to watch. But the movie strikes a cautionary tone for a younger generation that, it says, isn't taking the HIV threat seriously.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The movie jolts you with the realization that the AIDS epidemic and the public debate about such issues have retreated so far under the news radar as to be half-forgotten.

June 12, 2009
New York Times
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Though he made an impact on thousands of lives -- or so, this intermittently compelling biography suggests -- AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz remains unknown and uncelebrated, alone and barely scraping by.

June 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A thoroughly fascinating, illuminating and vital documentary for everyone young and old.

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Scruffy but arresting documentary about an ever-embattled, pioneering fighter in the gay AIDS wars.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Sex Positive uses the dual activist/sexual outlaw persona of "safer sex" pioneer Richard Berkowitz as a prism through which to view the life-and-death struggles of an era.

June 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sex Positive too often looks like something hastily thrown together, which belies the built trust evident between the filmmaker and his subject. Over the course of the film, Berkowitz moves from refusing to discuss certain specifics to spilling in great d

June 9, 2009 Full Review Source: SpoutBlog
SpoutBlog

Filmmaker Daryl Wein throws us into the epicentre of this period, when three men matter-of-factly said the unthinkable

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Definitely worth seeing...many of us literally owe our lives to (the film's subjects).

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Orange County and Long Beach Blade
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

A well-documented look back at this history and these people that most audiences will see when it once it reaches PBS...which it will.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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