I Am A Sex Addict

Critics Consensus

I Am a Sex Addict takes a penetrating look at troublesome compulsions, although its unsurprisingly self-indulgent focus may test the limits of some viewers.

63%

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Total Count: 32

57%

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On the eve of his third wedding, documentary filmmaker Caveh Zahedi bravely turns the camera on himself to explore his decade-long addiction to sex in an autobiographical tale of personal peccadillo featuring animation from Waking Life artist Bob Sabiston and featuring a rare film appearance by French porn legend Rebecca Lord. His previous marriages destroyed by his obsession with prostitutes and his many intimate relationships sabotaged by his unwavering commitment to the concept of open relationships, Zahedi boldly bares his soul before the camera to offer a comic look at the life of one man who truly can't get enough. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Rebecca Lord
as Caroline
Emily Morse
as Christa
Olia Natasha
as French Prostitute
Corinna Chan
as Asian Prostitute
Stephanie Carwin
as Italian Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for I Am A Sex Addict

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (12)

  • Candor wins points almost anywhere, and that's what Zahedi has, in spades.

    Jun 15, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • That self-indulgent documentary form, the biographical essay film, earns its most onanistic installment ever.

    May 26, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • The narrowness of [Zahedi's] sexual repertoire is the springboard for a charming and boundless homemade sort of filmmaking.

    May 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • ... Zahedi tries to construct a narrative from his epic bad behavior, presumably for the purpose of shedding light on something. What this is remains mysterious after a single viewing, but not so mysterious as to inspire a second.

    Apr 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... while some may bail early, those who stay to the end are likely to dwell on Zahedi's unwavering (some would say unrelenting) belief in his own artistry, as well as the film's many funny, quotable lines ...

    Apr 27, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The filmmaker's ability to at once mock himself and consider his dilemma with compassion transforms an otherwise smarmy tale into something honest and insightful.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for I Am A Sex Addict

  • Nov 22, 2011
    It was great at first but then it got boring and the funny narrative becomes annoying.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2010
    A fascinating watch as we see one man use film making as a kind of therapy. This has probably been done before, but never so openly. Zahedi is an honest and endearing man. His naivety translates well into both comedy and genuine emotion. The constant breaking of the forth wall and laying out facts about the film's production, as well as his story, make this sometimes jumbled, but always enjoyable. I got a real feel for Zahedi, but this film doesn't wallow in self pity or excuse his actions. It's low budget helps Zahedi create some wonderful little quirks.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2009
    Hmm. It is actually quite difficult to settle upon a rating for this film. Overall, I feel as if it could have been better put together. Parts of the film lacked fluidity. To be sure, I am not remotely bashing the awkwardness of its structure and timeline. I found those elements quite charming. And, above all else, it brought up some very interesting points on the topic of addiction and attraction. I didn't really dig the main character, Caveh Zahedi . I'm not sure exactly why. There was something mildly irritating about him. Yet, I didn't hate him either. In many aspects, Caveh's dimensions fascinated me. His character was extremely well developed. Though the piece had some flaws, I would recommend watching it because it was both interesting and thought provoking.
    Rachel T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2008
    This movie was the least to say interesting. Mainly because it's an autobiographical documentary. There's not a lot of people that say, "hey, I'm going to do a movie telling everyone I was addicted to hookers." Kudos for that kind of honesty.
    Sam R Super Reviewer

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