Venus Boyz (2003)



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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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gabriel Baur
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On DVD: Jun 8, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Venus Boyz

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

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
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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… | November 6, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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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.

August 21, 2003
New York Post
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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… | August 21, 2003
New York Times
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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… | August 21, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Venus Boyz


great docu about drag-kings. yes, girls who perform shows dressed as men. most are very convincing even tho they are also beautiful women in daily life.

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