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October 15, 2016
Tons of great information with a fascinating conflict.
August 15, 2016
historically innacurate after the second book, but a very original approach to a '60s revolution film' nonetheless.
June 27, 2016
Film felt rather condensed and rushed at parts, but that is understandable as they tried to tell a lot.
A film about a man who I feel, left his mark and did a significant first step (perhaps he did not approach it not 100% right, but here it did not go into too much detail), and maybe he went a bit too far in his attempt to discover all that he wanted, but it sure was a great first step. Sure, with controversy and criticisms but then, many great things start like that too.
Significant film, as it tells a story about a significant person. Rather good acting at parts, but as a story and editing I thought I will overlook it.
½ June 21, 2016
Close to if not he greatest source oppression is sexual repression & nonconsensuality as well as its handmaiden of ignorance & misinformation. A society cannot claim to be free if its not sexually free at one & the same time. Embracing sexual variability is essential to all other expressions of & struggle for liberation.
June 1, 2016
Provocative, mature, smart, often funny and moving - Kinsey is a captivating drama that explores the sexual thematics with a sure grip and solid acting from Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.
May 7, 2016
From great performances from Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, Kinsey gives us a on scientific look at sex
February 12, 2016
This felt like a standard biopic in many ways, but I really enjoyed it. It was really interesting to get an insight into Kinsey's personal life as well as his scientific work.
½ December 15, 2015
Dr Kinsey is a respectable man. What he achieved and contributed are invaluable. Great performance from Liam Neeson.
½ October 3, 2015
Nobody loves Liam Neeson more than I do, but he was just too old for this role, unless they had someone much older playing his father. Lithgow is only 6 years older, but actually looks younger than Neeson here. However, the film is really worthwhile if for no other reason than to highlight general ignorance, prejudice, and hypocrisy when it comes to discussion of human sexual behavior, not only in the time period of Kinsey and the Red Scare, but also today.
August 17, 2015
I guess people just wanna keep their sicknesses a secret so they can spread it stealthily to larger groups and forms of beliefs, this way everyone is normal and the ones who dare to differ are vile creatures!. It wouldn't harm anyone to be studied and cured, it would just crush some prejudices and close some establishments built and benefited off those beliefs.
½ July 29, 2015
By the numbers,tame biopic with decent performances,nothing more.
April 3, 2015
Prior to watching this film, I was only nominally familiar with Alfred Kinsey and his life's work. Now, having seen it, KINSEY provides an interesting look at a man who devoted his life's work to probing the depths of human sexuality. Although Kinsey started his career as a zoologist who studied gall wasps, he later discovered that people provided just as interesting a field of study. The film, although it does cover some of his early life, is primarily focused on the landmark sex study that he began in the late 1940's. One thing that surprised me was just how funny the film was at times, but there just as many moments that struck an poignant emotional chord as well. And of course, Liam Neeson kills it as Alfred Kinsey. This is probably the best role I've ever seen him in. And Laura Linney does just as well playing his wife. Another great aspect of the film is the writing, which was tight, smart and had great attention to character. I also liked how it put America's hangups with sexuality right out front for all to see just how ridiculously prude we can be, just like Kinsey did with his study. It might be a little sad, but there is still a significant cross-section of Americans that remain set in their ways. Maybe someone should show them this film and see if they have a change of heart. Ultimately, though, the film is most effective as a biopic, and a thoroughly engrossing one at that. If you're looking for a biopic on a lesser-known subject, or want to see one of Liam Neeson's best (and probably least seen) performances, then KINSEY should do just fine.
½ March 25, 2015
A fantastic and torn performance by Liam Neeson, who plays the brilliant at science, less so at relationships Dr. Kinsey. The recognition both of the contributions made and of the sacrifices made to make those contributions is critical. A must see film.
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½ February 18, 2015
A strong argument in favor of the standard biopic, showing that with the right cast, strong dialogue, and a worthy subject you can make the genre engaging. This has to be Liam Neeson's best performance.
February 6, 2015
Directed by Bill Condon (Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), Gods and Monsters (1998) and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 (2011/2012), this biopic focuses on a true American pioneer, one who broke down barriers and dared to be different in what was a very puritanical country. It has a very good cast and is well made, but it was largely ignored by mainstream audiences despite glowing reviews, maybe that says something about people's hang-ups todays. Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson) studied biology and the life cycle of gall wasps while at Indiana University. He met his future wife Clara 'Mac' McMillen (Laura Linney) while at University. After his book on gall wasps is published, he approaches the dean of students at Indiana University about teaching sex education classes at the University as a response to the anti-sex propaganda that was being shown in schools and colleges at the time. His classes cause a huge storm, and then he decides to do a study on human attitudes to sex around the country. Together with colleagues Clyde Martin (Peter Sarsgaard) and Wardell Pomeroy (Chris O'Donnell). Kinsey gathers enough research for his book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948), which causes trouble. Condon is quite an underrated director, and it seems he's capable of turning his attention to whatever subject comes across and can make a good film out of it. He gets brilliant performances from Neeson and Linney, who make a good, open couple on screen, and it has a good supporting cast including Oliver Platt, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow and Tim Curry.
February 4, 2015
Great movie, although it struggles to hold your attention 3/4 of the way through.
December 27, 2014
A terribly overlooked movie. Interesting screenplay and fantastic performances all around.
½ November 24, 2014
This was good- interesting. I thought Liam Neeson was excellent, as was the entire cast (Peter Sarsgaard, Chris O'Donnell, John Lithgow, Oliver Platt, Timothy Hutton) which includes an Oscar nomination for Laura Linney as Kinsey's freethinking wife.

The movie is provocative and intelligent, scientific not sexy and will make you laugh but also squirm at times and wonder how Alfred Kinsey ever managed to get his book "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" published at a time (1948) when sex was generally misunderstood and very taboo. Everyone seemed to be asking "am I normal".

Using the technique of his own famous sex interviews, the movie uncovers the secrets of a nation while recounting the scientist's extraordinary journey from oppressed obscurity to pioneer in the area of human research to global fame. Kinsey was responsible for the start of the sexual revolution, changed American culture and created a media sensation with his book - before they turned on him.11/23/14
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