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Sex Positive Reviews

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 28, 2009
A thoroughly fascinating, illuminating and vital documentary for everyone young and old.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.70/10
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2009
Daryl Wein calls attention both to unjustly neglected pioneering AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz and his still widely ignored groundbreaking promotion of safe sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 19, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 17, 2009
Scruffy but arresting documentary about an ever-embattled, pioneering fighter in the gay AIDS wars.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 12, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 12, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 11, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 10, 2009
The film is founded on shaky, near-exploitative ground, something mirrored in the agitated handheld camerawork by Alex Bergman and in Berkowitz's offhand comment about the good this film could do in encouraging safe sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 10, 2009
It helps that Wein's subject is such a fascinating, garrulous paradox.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Karina Longworth
June 9, 2009
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 24, 2009
Filmmaker Daryl Wein throws us into the epicentre of this period, when three men matter-of-factly said the unthinkable
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009
Definitely worth seeing...many of us literally owe our lives to (the film's subjects).
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
February 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dennis Harvey
July 8, 2008
Daryl Wein's engrossing portrait of Richard Berkowitz is freshly engaging largely due to the subject himself.
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