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Venus Boyz Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's not uninteresting, but so much footage is given over to earnest discussion of sexual politics that the overall effect is like sitting through a semester's worth of transgender studies.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 21, 2003

Fascinating discussions... but there is so much repetition that it starts to get boring and people sharing their innermost secrets shouldn't be boring.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 9, 2004
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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Unfortunately, Baur doesn't seem to have either a thesis or an editor as she lets each segment meander without purpose.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 6, 2003
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

while the documentary is informative, as entertainment it veers into repetition and extremism which will marginalize its audience

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

August 21, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Often funny and frequently profoundly thought-provoking...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 7, 2003
Gene Seymour
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Though it sometimes errs on the side of artiness, the film offers considerable illumination on the lives of those who live and thrive along sexuality's margins.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2003
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Earnestly -- if not altogether adroitly -- examines masculinity as a performance, demonstrating that biology is not destiny.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 19, 2003
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Marks a vast territory worthy of further exploration.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2003
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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[Baur] has clearly earned the trust and respect of her subjects, the first qualification for any responsible documentarist, and they have repaid her with an intimate glimpse into their singular lives.

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

August 21, 2003
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

Venus Boyz is not a pro/con documentary in which each 'side' states its case; it's something more intimate, a succession of interior explorations by each performer.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2003
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

This documentary, rich in humor, voyeuristic delights, some keen and controversial insights, and smart visuals, is no drag.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 30, 2003
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2003
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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Although Ms. Baur's meandering style betrays her inexperience as a documentary filmmaker, she nonetheless treats her subjects with compassion and dignity and avoids exploiting or vilifying her subjects.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

January 8, 2004
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Experiencing this form of gender exploration is like discovering a new color in the rainbow. And it adds a whole new meaning to the phrase 'You go, girl!'

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Filmmaker Gabriel Baur's doc is only about sex to the extent that you can't have sex without identifying yourself as something -- and how you identify yourself has a lot to do with how others treat you.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2004

E! Online

It's a fascinating, fun glimpse into their world.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

August 21, 2003
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
Ronnie Scheib
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AV Club

August 21, 2003
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