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The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 2,813


Movie Info

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj iek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, iek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What … More

Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Slavoj Zizek
In Theaters:
Feb 17, 2014
Box Office:
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Pervert's Guide To Ideology

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (2)

Who says intellectual head-trips don't deserve sequels?

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

He speaks the truth much of the time, yet all the whipping back of the curtain ends up covering up other realities about movies and life.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Noam Chomsky has denounced Zizek's theories as nonsensical, and of course they are. But they're frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Though [Zizek's] lecture exceeds two hours, he and director Sophie Fiennes incorporate enough deadpan comedy and clips from famous films to sustain the rhetoric.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's exhilarating, even exhausting stuff, though Fiennes lightens the weight of iek's dense discourse with a welcome scattering of sight gags.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

One leaves The Pervert's Guide to Ideology with a lingering sense that this is how academic essay films should be done in the 21st century.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014

A cerebral treat.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though its ideas are indeed heady and high-flown, they are presented in a way that's consistently engaging and accessible.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013

Way too long but interesting as a lecture on film. For insights into Marxism, look elsewhere.

Full Review… | October 30, 2013

Zizek doesn't build a cohesive argument;...he just pivots from point to point as though he were reading notes for a paper, not the paper itself.

Full Review… | October 30, 2013
The Dissolve

Slavoj iek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Slant Magazine

When not dressing up in hilarious costumes, he advises audiences to become atheists via New Testament Christianity. Is he making this stuff up? I fear so.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
This is London

Pay proper attention and it becomes clear that, for all the oddness of his delivery, Zizek makes a great deal of sense.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Irish Times

iek's flights of fancy are sometimes brilliant and sometimes implausible, but they are always airborne to some degree.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013

Slavoj iek returns to play yet more intellectual hopscotch with classic movies.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Little White Lies

Slavoj Zizek psychoanalyses cinema and society in this engaging, interesting and spirited documentary.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013

There are those who find iek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Daily Telegraph

I'm not sure if the Zizek thoughts are an aid to illuminating the Zizek-chosen movies, or vice versa. But it is rich fun and collectably eccentric.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Financial Times

Occasionally bonkers but kinda brilliant with it, there's plenty here to thrill cineastes and fanboys alike.

Full Review… | September 29, 2013
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Pervert's Guide To Ideology


The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is an absolute must for all Cinephiles, although for many it will be preaching to the converted. Slavoj iek follows up his 2006 film; The Pervert's Guide to Cinema with a more in depth look at ideology in cinema and it's evolution over the years. Its starting point is the fantastic (and personal favorite) They Live. After that I was hooked. Slavoj iek is hard to understand due to his individual speech but once you get used to it, there is a fountain of knowledge to be had. Food for thought. You may never look at a film the same way again but if you think about the issues discussed you should enjoy cinema in a way you never did before.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Zizek's many ideas are really fascinating and always fun to watch, but once again he has trouble organizing all of them in a cohesive argument, even if now the result is less rambling than the first film due to the narrowed down focus of what he wants to say.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Even if political philosopher extroardinaire Slavoj Zizek stopped with inserting himself into movies and lighting a blowtorch to "Titanic"(3 1/2 hours of my life I am never getting back while "A Night to Remember" has a great scene of steerage passengers running through the ship for their lives before being stopped in their tracks by the grandeur of first class) and venerating "Seconds"(1966), I would probably still give a recommendation to "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology." Thankfully, he has bigger fish to fry(more on them later), as along with showing more of an interest in musicals this time around, he also examines propaganda in movies and its danger to the real world.

It is not just from the usual suspects like the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that he draws from but less likier places such as "They Live" starring Roddy Piper. While this is one example of a film that subverts the status quo, there are also others that support it such as "The Dark Knight" which argues that a government should lie to its people for their own good which can turn out very badly for all concerned like during the second Iraq War. Then, there are also examples that have been employed by both right and left, like Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'(I usually associte this with Alex not being considered a complete waste in "A Clockwork Orange") and the shark in "Jaws." In this later case, I have always thought the shark was just minding its own business while most of the analogies that I am familiar with concern the human authorities' response.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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