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  • Summary: This film turns the microscope on Alfred Kinsey (Neeson) in a portrait of a man driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. (Fox Searchlight)
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. One of the year's most satisfying films.
  2. Mr. Condon's great achievement is to turn Kinsey's complicated and controversial career into a grand intellectual drama.
  3. This hip, highly partisan biography of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey is a surprisingly entertaining movie about the perils of studying sexual behavior in a sexually uptight culture--our own.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    The movie wants to entertain and educate, not leer, about people flummoxed by participating in a revolution they had meant only to calibrate, and at that it succeeds handsomely.
  5. It's sober, never flashy or exciting but always engrossing.
  6. 70
    For a film about man who spent half his life defying staid convention, Kinsey remains as timid as a choirboy.
  7. 50
    The movie dramatizes a social-sexual sea change with an out-of-control blend of cartoon farce and melodrama and clinical, often ludicrous sex scenes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. TonyS.
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    Moving, complex, educational, and fully satisfying. Neeson and Linney head up as good a cast as you can get. Compelling both as a tribute to the modern scientific spirit and as a critique of pre-modern moralistic rigidity. Expand
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 25, 2006
    9
    Better than I expected, like the use of color and blk/white...great sequence learning their interview process...Neeson and Linney were very good. Peter Sarsgaard is underrated actor; plot kept moving, Bill Condon did great job just as he did with Gods and Monsters - another good flick you should see. Expand
  3. AbbyL
    Jul 3, 2007
    9
    Very complex and interesting view.
  4. Tony
    Oct 11, 2005
    7
    Structurally sound and extremely well acted, Kinsey is a reminder of both how things change and how they remain essentially the same.
  5. Jan 13, 2011
    7
    This movie seeks to explain the roots of American 20th century prudence towards sexuality, also showing how this kind of (non-)education lead to the emotional and physical suffering of many. Kinsey includes topics such as feminism, homosexuality, and problems of scientific research. Kinsey seeks to liberate sexuality, but also shows that social constraints regarding sex (ranging from adultery to zoophilia) do have the purpose of preventing that someone gets hurt. Eventually the film compares marriage to a happy tree. The tree is not free due to being rooted, but having roots is a nice thing in itself for we humans strive to overcome nihilism with love. Expand

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