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The Pervert's Guide to Cinema Reviews

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes
August 1, 2015
A good film to show to budding cinephiles? Yes, but in the end, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema falls slightly short of the monumental thesis on cinema spectatorship for which it strives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 24, 2009
Maybe the art house isn't a place for perverts anymore. Indeed, the privacy of one's own laptop seems a somewhat safer setting for Zizek's kinky act of criticism.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
August 4, 2009
Cinematically speaking, you my find your meeting with psychoanalyst/film theorist Slavoj Zizek to be a near-religious experience.
| Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
Often drags and leaves you feeling underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Barsanti
January 30, 2009
As a kind of Rorschach-blot interpretation of cinema, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema contains all kinds of wicked fascinations.
Prairie Miller
January 17, 2009
Impresses with four stars for part one, but then fizzles out with the gabby shrink's repetitive, often meaningless psychobabble up to the finish line. Astute analysis or personal obsession? Paging the shrink's shrink.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 16, 2009
It is a fun romp through the annals of cinema by pop Slovenian philosopher and prolific writer Slavoj Zizek, who finds deep psychological meaning in a slew of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 16, 2009
The teachers we remember most fondly are often the ones who entertained as they enlightened, through hyperbole seasoned with grains of salt. Mr. Zizek belongs in that company.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
January 14, 2009
[Zizek] steers clear of his usual dense Hegel-centric language and goes straight for the fun bits.
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Miranda Siegel
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 12, 2009
It sounds completely mad, but it hangs together because of the brilliant, hilarious decision to insert the garrulous philosopher into key scenes of the films he discusses.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
January 12, 2009
The playful anti-academic stances of Slavoj Zizek have often seemed like sheep's clothing to obscure yet another post-Marxist, neo-Lacanian thinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
It's pretentious, arch, and often times ridiculous (as well as being philosophically incoherent, trying to sound smarter than it actually is), but it's in the end a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2007
What helps the film rise above the level of a photographed college lecture is the director's inventive and playful presentation.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2007
A delightful two-and-a-half-hour repast for mindful film junkies.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 19, 2007
If you love movies, this is a must-see.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 19, 2007
Here's a film guaranteed to make you smarter than all your friends for 48 hours, or at least feel like you are.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 18, 2006
Brisk, entertaining and, yes, intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 7, 2006
Looking like no one so much as Ricky Tomlinson's crazed Slovenian twin brother, that unruly thinker and critic Slavoj Zizek gives us a highly entertaining and often brilliant tour of modern cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 6, 2006
While this is fun, it's hardly sprocket science.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
October 3, 2006
Above all The Pervert's Guide to Cinema ponders a crucial question for all film-goers: why do we continue to be emotionally affected by movies, even when we know they're fake?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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