Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    Jul 31, 2013
    Fiennes wisely stays out of his way here. Zizek is the star, edited down to digestible elements, with archival footage used adroitly to drive his arguments home.
  2. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Oct 29, 2013
    In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other.
  3. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Oct 29, 2013
    Slavoj Žižek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency.
  4. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Oct 29, 2013
    It’s exhilarating, even exhausting stuff, though Fiennes lightens the weight of Zizek’s dense discourse with a welcome scattering of sight gags. He’s a man to be taken seriously, but not averse to donning a nun’s habit — and for that we love him.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 31, 2013
    A riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.
  6. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Dec 12, 2013
    In a series of mini-rants with insights that range from the ho-hum to the profound, the sixtysomething Žižek, paunchy, bearded and bobbing his hands like a squirrel’s paws, rummages through what he calls the trash can of ideology.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 14, 2013
    The final questions in Pervert’s Guide to Ideology nag at us, and in a culture so built upon and so profiting by fantasies of Hollywood apocalypse, they deserve to.
  8. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Nov 1, 2013
    As for why the film is called "the pervert's" guide, this reviewer noted that its end credits do not acknowledge the many movies it draws upon so copiously. That, in terms of standard filmmaking etiquette, truly is perverse.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 1, 2013
    To keep this one-man show visually engaging, director Sophie Fiennes places the professor in sets and costumes from the movies, talking about “Full Metal Jacket” from atop a barracks toilet and “Brief Encounter” from a 1940s British train.
  10. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 31, 2013
    Mr. Zizek’s daisy-chained improvisations amount to an argument on behalf of complexity and unseen depths, and, like much academic writing, it risks monotony and becoming as reductive as it can be seductive.
  11. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 29, 2013
    Taken in the right spirit, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology is a lot of fun, like watching a movie with a friend, then going out for drinks and talking late into the night. Just don’t expect to get a word in edgewise.
  12. Reviewed by: David Gritten
    Oct 4, 2013
    There are those who find Žižek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough.

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