Ask Dr. Ruth

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Like its subject, Ask Dr. Ruth has a breezy charm that's hard to resist -- and a message that's as important as it is entertaining.

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Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

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  • She is good at deflecting those who want to pry and that's a problem for the film. If we're going to go 100 minutes with this remarkable old lady, a little depth is pretty much required.

    December 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Whether it's Ruth reflecting on the details of her three marriages with her characteristic frankness or her family unpacking her political stances, it offers up insight into a woman who helped so many others truly know themselves.

    May 31, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Director Ryan White's documentary depicts Dr. Ruth as lovable every-granny - if your grandmother was a celebrity sex therapist not shy around STIs, vibrators and porn.

    May 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film does a great job of contextualizing the phenom of Dr. Ruth.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ask Dr. Ruth has some surprises for all but the most devoted of Westheimer's followers.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A long-overdue bio-doc that, in its spirited way, is as affirming as last year's paean to another important octogenarian Ruth, RBG.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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