Sex with Strangers Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2002
I didn't find much fascination in the swinging. What they're doing is a matter of plumbing arrangements and mind games, of no erotic or sensuous charge. But that they are doing it is thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 30, 2002
Swinging, the film makes it seem, is not a hobby that attracts the young and fit. Or intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 25, 2002
The subject of swinging still seems ripe for a documentary -- just not this one.
| Original Score: 1/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 17, 2002
It leers, offering next to little insight into its intriguing subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 7, 2002
Sex With Strangers will shock many with its unblinking frankness. But what is missing from it all is a moral. What is the filmmakers' point? Why did they deem it necessary to document all this emotional misery?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2002
Rarely has sex on screen been so aggressively anti-erotic.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 31, 2002
Finally, a movie for people who just can't get enough Jerry Springer.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 11, 2002
It's a documentary that says that the alternate sexuality meant to set you free may require so much relationship maintenance that celibacy can start looking good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 2, 2002
As it stands, there's some fine sex onscreen, and some tense arguing, but not a whole lot more.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 23, 2002
Choppy, overlong documentary about 'The Lifestyle.'
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 26, 2002
It's the element of condescension, as the filmmakers look down on their working-class subjects from their lofty perch, that finally makes Sex With Strangers, which opens today in the New York metropolitan area, so distasteful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 26, 2002
Even a hardened voyeur would require the patience of Job to get through this interminable, shapeless documentary about the swinging subculture.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
May 3, 2002
An empty, purposeless exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 25, 2002
If you've ever entertained the notion of doing what the title of this film implies, what Sex With Strangers actually shows may put you off the idea forever.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 27, 2002
The Gantzes' interviews tend to let the guys off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
May 3, 2002
The cold shower of swinger documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Los Angeles Daily News
May 3, 2002
Grueling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 13, 2002
Sex With Strangers is fascinating ...
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October 18, 2008
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
June 24, 2008

Boston Phoenix
October 12, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 3, 2003
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AV Club
January 21, 2003
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July 21, 2005
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