Psychopathia Sexualis
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Psychopathia Sexualis
The sexually salacious cases originally presented in Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious, turn-of-the-century medical text come to the screen in a complicated collection of erotic stories strung together by the curious tale of a manipulative doctor who may not always have his patient's best interests in mind. From the story of a sexually repressed man who develops a troubling taste for human blood to the tale of a homosexual seeking to "cure" his condition, a masochist who enlists the aid of two corseted prostitutes in making his wildest dreams come true, and a lesbian who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a mildly enjoyable romp."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Psychopathia Sexualis isn't sexy enough to be soft porn. Neither will it cause an excess of cerebral stimulation."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Manages to be provocative without being exploitative."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It's hardly revolutionary or revealing and Wood is more craftsman than storyteller or cinema essayist."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Lugubrious to the extreme of unintended comedy, the movie suggests a regional dinner theater production of a late- ' 80s Peter Greenaway film."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"What Woods achieves in his arch, velvet-cushioned vignettes is a sense of the subjects being reduced to symptom and diagnosis."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The turgid accumulation of tedious sex just bores."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Everything you ever wanted to know about sexual perversity but were afraid to ask is on anemic display in Bret Wood's new film."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Psychopathia Sexualis seems both plodding and snickering in its almost comically tepid rendering of masochism, homosexuality,"
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Not even necrophilia and the imaginative deployment of leeches can relieve this exercise in unrelenting dullness."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Lurid though the material is, the film is scrupulously anti-erotic."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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