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Venus Boyz (2003)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 561



Movie Info

A film about people who create intermediate sexual identities. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men--some for a night, others for their whole lives. What motivates them. What changes take place? What do they dream of? The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies. In London, we see women experiment … More

Documentary , Art House & International , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Gabriel Baur
In Theaters:
Jun 8, 2004
First Run Features - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Venus Boyz

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

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… | January 8, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Baur doesn't seem to have either a thesis or an editor as she lets each segment meander without purpose.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic


Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

August 21, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

[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… | August 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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… | August 21, 2003
Top Critic

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… | April 30, 2004
Orlando Weekly

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… | March 11, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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… | January 9, 2004

Often funny and frequently profoundly thought-provoking...

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Flick Filosopher

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2003
Film Journal International

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… | August 22, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
E! Online

Marks a vast territory worthy of further exploration.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
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