Carnal Knowledge
Carnal Knowledge (1971)

The sex lives of two life-long friends provide the basis for this formerly notorious (in its time), satirical sex comedy that features Jack Nicholson and folk-rocker Art Garfunkle. The men become friends in college and the story chronicles… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

A rather superficial and limited probe of American male sexual hypocrisies.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Stays within the universe of its characters, and inhabits it totally. And within that universe, men and woman fail to find sexual and personal happiness because they can't break through their patterns of treating each other as objects.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pretentious and uneven provocative moralistic adult drama about coping with the "sexual revolution" among the middle-class males.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The picture has its moments of chilling insight, though essentially it is one more quaint early-70s stab at an American art cinema that never materialized.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

In addition to being the toughest comedy since Little Murders, and the most imaginative comedy since Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge represents a nearly ideal collaboration of directorial and writing talents.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Ah, the sweet smell of '70s American cinema when anything was possible.

Tom Milne
Time Out

This was never quite the major assault on sexism and male chauvinism it set itself up to be.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... an acerbic and, in many ways, dispiriting portrait of masculinity and male sexuality in the post-World War II culture.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Deeply felt critique of middle-class sexual politics, and one of the better films of formerly interesting director Mike Nichols.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Incredibly and despicably cynic, and also quite true, because that's exactly how we talk about the opposite sex, one of us is either Nicholson or… More
Conner Rainwater
This is everything Mike Nichols was trying to say with his adaptation of The Graduate, but couldnâ(TM)t. This takes the idea of love, relationships and… More
Jim Hunter
Both sexually exploitative and immature in their own ways, two men navigate changing sexual mores during the sexual revolution. I always thought that… More
AJ Verser
I understood what the story was trying to say in the end, but I wasn't sure it was worth watching the rest of the movie just to say that. This movie is… More
Graham Jones
Nicholsan's portrayal of a bastard is spot on.
Elvira B
Carnal Knowldege is a tragedy about two clueless, anxious men. It is one of them dialog-ridden films that don't struggle against their own self-awareness(… More