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Kinsey Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The shame is that the film doesn't convey more mess or danger; its sex and its politics are almost entirely dinner-table-friendly.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 17, 2004
It's delightfully playful for a serious movie, balancing glib wit against its pathos and controversy.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 29, 2004
The great thing about Kinsey is the triumphant way it entertains, informs and electrifies us with the highest values of traditional cinema while opening our hearts and minds with the liberating potential of human diversity.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 29, 2004
The biopic succumbs to a paint-by-numbers feel as it dutifully touches the highs and lows of a life that can't easily fit within two hours.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 24, 2004
Smart, eloquent and refreshingly free of condescension, Kinsey makes clear we'd all be a lot worse off without him.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 24, 2004
One heck of a flick, paying homage to an imperfect man whose impact on history may be substantial, and yet painting him as a clumsy, passionate fellow who's simply trying to figure things out.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 24, 2004
I can't imagine the performances, or much else, being improved on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2004
It's a new Neeson as Dr. Alfred Kinsey, all spiky-haired and harried, and he's enormously appealing in the role.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 23, 2004
It's partly a scientific brief, partly a song of sex, and it's enormously enjoyable.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 23, 2004
[Neeson] makes the movie better than it is by filling in the rough patches with a portrayal so committed, so nuanced, that this may be the role he's remembered for (and which may finally win him an Oscar).
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 23, 2004
Succeeds, in part, because the film is as non-judgmental as the famed sex researcher himself.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
November 19, 2004
There's a flatness to the filmmaking; what's needed here is a lot more va-va in its va-va-voom.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 19, 2004
A convincing picture of an America semiconsciously cowered in fear and ignorance about sexuality.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 19, 2004
The humour is rich but never bawdy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 19, 2004
It's the biography of a sex pioneer disguised as a love story, or a romance with some rather intriguing side issues, and it begins with one of cinema's more intriguing pickup lines: 'I've been reading up on gall wasps.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2004
It's a film Kinsey himself might have appreciated: It's sober, never flashy or exciting but always engrossing, both for its penetration into Kinsey's psychology and for the effects his findings are shown to have on the world and the people around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 19, 2004
Straight from the first frames, writer-director Bill Condon adroitly tackles the problem that all biopics about accomplished people invariably bump up against: How to marry the life to the work, dramatizing one without slighting the other?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 19, 2004
Not only does Kinsey flow with the purpose of biographical narrative, it provides a compelling portrait of a momentous shift in American culture.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 19, 2004
Condon presents Kinsey's life in an upbeat fashion that's unafraid of the language of the conventional biopic. The subject is unconventional enough to eliminate any need for stylistic embellishment.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2004
The strength of Kinsey is finally in the clarity it brings to its title character. It is fascinating to meet a complete original, a person of intelligence and extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 19, 2004
Condon sketches in the sexually benighted pre-World War II era with amusing and alarming touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 18, 2004
As Kinsey, the remarkable new film about his life, clearly reveals, there was more to the biologist in the bow tie than met the eye.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2004
Neeson, in soft, subtle ways, draws out his character's humanity -- and shows the passion that drove the man.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2004
Whether you see the man as a serpent bearing fruit or a beacon in the wilderness, it's hard to deny that Kinsey is a highly intelligent and thoroughly engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 18, 2004
Neeson pulls off something of a miracle here, creating a flesh-and-blood character who is innocent and obsessive, decent and selfish, committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge but sadly lacking emotional wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2004
A moving and often very funny look at an unlikely revolutionary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2004
When it comes to Kinsey the man, as well as 'Kinsey,' the shorthand for his research, the name still has the power to arouse.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 15, 2004
Occasionally melodramatic but extremely well-made.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 12, 2004
You don't need to know much about the real Kinsey to sense that the one we're getting here is both more palatable and less interesting than the real thing.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 12, 2004
A $10-million movie that looks like it was made by Hollywood's biggest spendthrift, Kinsey is full of delicately wrought moments.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 12, 2004
Though it's perhaps the least salacious major movie ever made about sex, the biopic Kinsey is hardly clinical -- it's as purely entertaining as it is thought-provoking and timely.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 12, 2004
Kinsey is not easy to like as a person, but Condon has done such a good job of filling in the doctor's psychological backstory that we understand his single-minded determination to suss out every last detail of human sexuality.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 12, 2004
Kinsey does its subjects -- human, biological and psychological -- justice.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 11, 2004
Although the strength of Kinsey is the subject matter, it would be criminal not to note the fine performances of Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, who imbue their characters with humanity and likeability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 11, 2004
Though it has its share of carnality, Bill Condon's wise and witty biography of the sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey is, above all, an intellectual turn-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 11, 2004
Kinsey is a stupendously moving film. Neeson nails Kinsey's rock-hard decency and fragile ego, and Linney abets him beautifully.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 11, 2004
Admirably adventurous.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 11, 2004
The camera is poignantly turned on Kinsey himself, to probe what transformed him from a repressed nerd into the sexual radical he became.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
Opening too late for the election but still one the year's most politically relevant movies, Condon's earnestly middlebrow biopic is an argument for tolerance and diversity.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 4, 2004
Kinsey wanted to snap the public out of sexual ignorance. And Condon's knockout of a movie tries to do the same. You'll be shocked at how far we haven't come.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 3, 2004
An interesting life story told in a fun, disarming way.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2004
Boasts exceptional lead performances (by a never-better Liam Neeson and Laura Linney) and lovely writing by Condon.