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  • Summary: Naive teen Gili (Sivan Levy) is determined to improve her social status by hooking up with the most popular guys at her new school, but as she pushes her own limits with every new encounter—offering a succession of sexual favors and allowing herself to be photographed and filmed—the line of consent begins to blur. [Tribeca Film] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Dec 5, 2013
    91
    With its broad, ambiguous title, S#x Acts reminds us, with heartbreaking power, that sometimes vigilance just isn't enough, and all it takes is an "act" or two to change a life forever.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Dec 6, 2013
    90
    Tautly written by Rona Segal and expertly observed by Jonathan Gurfinkel, a documentarian and TV producer who worked on the hilarious Israeli satire Eretz Nehederet, S#x Acts operates almost exclusively at the behavioral level. Suspended between titillation and despair, the movie firmly implicates us in its voyeurism.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Callahan
    Dec 6, 2013
    75
    Probably a lot of people who see this film will get fed up with Gili's passivity, but some people in life are passive in a way that feels like a defiantly inactive reaction to ill treatment. These boys don't view her as a person with feelings, but Gurfinkel's film does.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 5, 2013
    70
    The movie’s observations of the wolf pack mentality of privileged teenage boys who view every conquest as proof of their prowess is casually devastating.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Dec 1, 2013
    63
    In its refusal to bring an easy understanding to its main character's behavior, it comes dangerously close to presenting her as a willing perpetrator in her own victimhood.
  6. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 3, 2013
    60
    S#x Acts works as a crash course in sexual ethics, but it also fails to transcend its genre trappings as a morality tale about the dangers of low self-esteem.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    Perhaps Gurfinkel means to suggest a society off-course, but the game feels rigged, his conception of male and female roles so limited that the characters have little choice but to fall in line.
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