Venus Boyz
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Gabriel Baur directs the documentary Venus Boyz, an intimate look at drag king culture and female masculinity in various parts of the world. Starting out on Drag King Night in New York City, the film introduces the lives of several women who discuss their fascination with dressing up like men. Mildred Gerestant is a data processor who performs in the evenings as a male rapper named Dred. Dressed as businessman Danny King, Diane Torr runs workshops to show other women the fine art of drag king-dom. Other subjects include Bridge Markland from Germany, Del LaGrace Volcano from London, and several… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Although Ms. Baur's meandering style betrays her inexperience as a documentary filmmaker, she nonetheless treats her subjects with compassion and dignity and avoids exploiting or vilifying her subjects."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"It's not uninteresting, but so much footage is given over to earnest discussion of sexual politics that the overall effect is like sitting through a semester's worth of transgender studies."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Filmmaker Gabriel Baur's doc is only about sex to the extent that you can't have sex without identifying yourself as something -- and how you identify yourself has a lot to do with how others treat you."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Often funny and frequently profoundly thought-provoking..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"It's a fascinating, fun glimpse into their world."
‑ , E! Online
"Unfortunately, Baur doesn't seem to have either a thesis or an editor as she lets each segment meander without purpose."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"[Baur] has clearly earned the trust and respect of her subjects, the first qualification for any responsible documentarist, and they have repaid her with an intimate glimpse into their singular lives."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Experiencing this form of gender exploration is like discovering a new color in the rainbow. And it adds a whole new meaning to the phrase 'You go, girl!'"
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This documentary, rich in humor, voyeuristic delights, some keen and controversial insights, and smart visuals, is no drag."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Marks a vast territory worthy of further exploration."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Though it sometimes errs on the side of artiness, the film offers considerable illumination on the lives of those who live and thrive along sexuality's margins."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Fascinating discussions... but there is so much repetition that it starts to get boring and people sharing their innermost secrets shouldn't be boring."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Venus Boyz is not a pro/con documentary in which each 'side' states its case; it's something more intimate, a succession of interior explorations by each performer."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"while the documentary is informative, as entertainment it veers into repetition and extremism which will marginalize its audience"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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