Gay Sex in the 70s Reviews

July 8, 2010
Gay Sex in the '70s is technically erratic and far from definitive. Full of fascinating stories and fleshed out with evocative archival footage, it's also a loving portrait of a semi-forgotten New York.
July 8, 2010
The pure filmmaking lets the people tell their stories with honesty and insight.
July 2, 2010
This is an immersive documentary, evoking the period, and arguing the case that although the unbridled hedonism did bring dangers and problems with it, there was also something of a idyllic euphoria experienced by those in this first wave of gay freedom.
July 1, 2010
New York in the 1970s seems like an arena of nonstop gratification, but one that can only be understood in the context of the repression and fear that had gone before. It seems as distant as the 1890s.
July 1, 2007
Shows us the faces of some of the gay activists involved with that free love party scene who survived.
March 1, 2007
An unapologetic and accurate snapshot.
March 2, 2006
An engrossing piece of social history, a lively, astonishingly well-documented excavation of that period between June 1969 and June 1981 when gay men in New York experienced a bacchanalian burst of sexual liberation.
February 17, 2006
The faces of that movement are what sell this story -- with enthusiasm, not regret.
February 3, 2006
Despite the retrospective sensationalism, Lovett's 70-minute documentary is a sobering anti-erotic cautionary tale.
February 2, 2006
It's a worthwhile documentary on a worthy subject, one that is pursued painstakingly by director Joseph F. Lovett.
December 6, 2005
Lovett backs up his assertion that the decade bracketed by the 1969 Stonewall riots, marking the beginning of gay liberation, and the emergence of AIDS in 1981 was 'the most libertine period the Western world has known since the Roman Empire.'
December 6, 2005
Lovett's nostalgic paean to the erotic utopia of his youth.
December 6, 2005
Lovett's lively, impassioned, well-structured documentary is enhanced by stacks of explicit photos and the reminiscences of men who lived through the decade.
December 6, 2005
Gay Sex in the 70s is a blast.
November 17, 2005
The film is packed with fantastic archival footage.
November 5, 2005
Lacks narrative drive but is useful as an original source of info about gay rights.
November 4, 2005
All the interviewees are terrific, battle-hardened storytellers whose experiences have made them wise and very funny.
November 4, 2005
The conclusion is that in this bare-chested band of brothers, what really matters is camaraderie.
November 3, 2005
Lovett employs bittersweet but blissful recollections of men who can only be described as survivors.
November 2, 2005
The director, Joseph Lovett, wants us to ask if there's such a thing as too much freedom, and he has the sobriety to say yes -- and no.