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  • Summary: Employing a complex multi-narrative structure, Psychopathia Sexualis dramatizes case histories of turn-of-the-century sexual deviance, drawn from the pages of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious medical text. (Kino International)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. An independent American art film that seems to be masquerading as Victorian-era pornography--and it's not quite as interesting or provocative as that description might make it sound.
  2. 63
    A window into bygone morals and mores.
  3. The curiously stylized piece, shot in a muted palette with performances to match (the cast is perhaps too restrained given the theatrical framework), is dramatically colorless, but the moods and moments are crafted with kinky grace.
  4. The director's familiarity with silent cinema enhances the prudish pornographic footage, but when he starts cutting between separate perversions, I began to wonder if he was getting as bored with the material as I was.
  5. 42
    The result is a sepia-toned muddle.
  6. 25
    Sex can be fun and exciting and wonderful. It also can be deadly boring, as in Psychopathia Sexu alis.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    20
    Whether in the whorehouse or the sanitarium, Psychopathia Sexualis is an exercise in unrelenting dullness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4