The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
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The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
Renowned pop philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek takes a closer look at the sexual history of films spanning the spectrum from Charlie Chaplain to David Lynch in filmmaker Sophie Fiennes' indulgent look at some of the silver screen's most sublime features. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a fun romp through the annals of cinema by pop Slovenian philosopher and prolific writer Slavoj Zizek, who finds deep psychological meaning in a slew of movies."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It sounds completely mad, but it hangs together because of the brilliant, hilarious decision to insert the garrulous philosopher into key scenes of the films he discusses."
‑ Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Maybe the art house isn't a place for perverts anymore. Indeed, the privacy of one's own laptop seems a somewhat safer setting for Zizek's kinky act of criticism."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"As a kind of Rorschach-blot interpretation of cinema, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema contains all kinds of wicked fascinations."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"It's pretentious, arch, and often times ridiculous (as well as being philosophically incoherent, trying to sound smarter than it actually is), but it's in the end a lot of fun."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"The teachers we remember most fondly are often the ones who entertained as they enlightened, through hyperbole seasoned with grains of salt. Mr. Zizek belongs in that company."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"What helps the film rise above the level of a photographed college lecture is the director's inventive and playful presentation."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Cinematically speaking, you my find your meeting with psychoanalyst/film theorist Slavoj Zizek to be a near-religious experience."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Impresses with four stars for part one, but then fizzles out with the gabby shrink's repetitive, often meaningless psychobabble up to the finish line. Astute analysis or personal obsession? Paging the shrink's shrink."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"If you love movies, this is a must-see."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"[Zizek] steers clear of his usual dense Hegel-centric language and goes straight for the fun bits."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"A delightful two-and-a-half-hour repast for mindful film junkies."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Often drags and leaves you feeling underwhelmed."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The playful anti-academic stances of Slavoj Zizek have often seemed like sheep's clothing to obscure yet another post-Marxist, neo-Lacanian thinker."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Brisk, entertaining and, yes, intense."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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