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Sex Positive Reviews

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

July 3, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A thoroughly fascinating, illuminating and vital documentary for everyone young and old.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.70/10

June 28, 2009
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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.

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

June 19, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2009
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 17, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York 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.

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

June 12, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

June 12, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 11, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

June 10, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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It helps that Wein's subject is such a fascinating, garrulous paradox.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 10, 2009
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 9, 2009
Karina Longworth

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

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

June 9, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

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

Full Review Source: Orange County and Long Beach Blade | Original Score: B

February 27, 2009
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

February 17, 2009
Dennis Harvey
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Daryl Wein's engrossing portrait of Richard Berkowitz is freshly engaging largely due to the subject himself.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 8, 2008
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