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Documentary filmmaker Daryl Wein explores the life and legacy of revolutionary gay S & M hustler-turned-AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz, whose noble efforts in promoting safe sex during the 1980s have been all but forgotten in the early years of the new millennium. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wein tackles an incredibly complex array of issues surrounding HIV, focusing largely on Berkowitz, once a nice young Jewish kid at Rutgers who found a lucrative career as an S&M hustler before becoming an activist and co-author."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"For gays who remember the nightmare, Sex Positive may be too depressing to watch. But the movie strikes a cautionary tone for a younger generation that, it says, isn't taking the HIV threat seriously."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A thoroughly fascinating, illuminating and vital documentary for everyone young and old."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Sex Positive too often looks like something hastily thrown together, which belies the built trust evident between the filmmaker and his subject. Over the course of the film, Berkowitz moves from refusing to discuss certain specifics to spilling in great d"
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"A well-documented look back at this history and these people that most audiences will see when it once it reaches PBS...which it will."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Daryl Wein calls attention both to unjustly neglected pioneering AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz and his still widely ignored groundbreaking promotion of safe sex."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The movie jolts you with the realization that the AIDS epidemic and the public debate about such issues have retreated so far under the news radar as to be half-forgotten."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Scruffy but arresting documentary about an ever-embattled, pioneering fighter in the gay AIDS wars."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Filmmaker Daryl Wein throws us into the epicentre of this period, when three men matter-of-factly said the unthinkable"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Wein clearly cares for his subject. Yet he leaves room for our admiration and our ambivalence. This is an achievement of heart and of mind."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Though he made an impact on thousands of lives -- or so, this intermittently compelling biography suggests -- AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz remains unknown and uncelebrated, alone and barely scraping by."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Sex Positive uses the dual activist/sexual outlaw persona of "safer sex" pioneer Richard Berkowitz as a prism through which to view the life-and-death struggles of an era."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Definitely worth seeing...many of us literally owe our lives to (the film's subjects)."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Orange County and Long Beach Blade
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