Porn Theatre
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A tale set in a decaying Parisian porn theatre, where within its dark confines, male patrons--soldiers, transvestites, married men--regularly engage in anonymous sex acts. In the ticket booth of the theatre, a wise Italian woman serves as benevolent gatekeeper, observing--but never judging--the proceedings occurring under her watchful eyes. One day, one of her regulars engages her in a conversation that leads to an unusual friendship, as these two worldly souls share their common experiences.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Porn Theatre is exactly that, no surprises."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Porn Theatre, as the title suggests, is not for the sexually conservative. Not even for the sexually moderate liberal. It is, however, for the right crowd in the right mood, a very fine film."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"it's a world that should only be seen in the dark"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"If nothing else, your curiosity should be sadly satisfied."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Offers little insight into the strange gender game that's played out in the dark safety of the porn theater."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Repugnant in its salacious superficiality, Porn Theatre manages to be boring and vile beneath its transparent veil of artistic pretense."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Porn Theater is revealing only physically, not emotionally or intellectually."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The rueful humor, feverish desperation, hard-won glory and simple monotony inherent in gay male desire have rarely been more trenchantly captured."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Most of the film is as grim and unpleasant as...well, spending 90 minutes in an actual porn theatre."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, Critic Doctor
"A clear-eyed, somewhat bitter, always entertaining visit to the dark side of town."
‑ , E! Online
"Even those titillated by the graphic sex will have to admit that the movie is repetitive and ultimately boring."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Tracks the goings and particularly the comings among a group of male patrons at a seedy Paris porn theater, but bored audiences enduring this talky, aimless film might wish that they, too, were watching the porno film that is seen only in brief snippets."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A provocative examination of the cinematic relationship between the viewer and the viewed."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Unpleasantly voyeuristic, the premise is that all men, no matter if they're hetero, gay, bisexual or think they're really women, crave what is between men's legs."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Zap2it.com
"I really enjoyed Porn Theater, despite being disgusted by it several times, because it didn't hold back and forced audience members to make a choice - walk out and peg yourself as a prude, or stay and take it and find the story?"
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
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