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The author of works on subjects as wide-ranging as Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of the most important -- and outrageous -- cultural theorists working today. This captivating, erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of this incomparable academic and writer, who has been called everything from "the Elvis of cultural theory" to "a one-person culture mulcher."
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zizek is a revolutionary playing a comedian playing a revolutionary. Which makes him worth watching, even in this movie."
‑ Joshua Glenn, Boston Globe
"If you see only one documentary about a Slovene philosopher this year, it will most likely be Astra Taylor's brisk little film Zizek!"
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Zizek! is a stylish, surprisingly energetic film."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Taylor presents Zizek as a larger-than-life figure who manages to engage you even when you're not entirely sure what he's going on about."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With an exclamation point suggesting the collegial equivalent of Beatlemania, Zizek! is a movie made by a groupie too enamored of her subject to make a satisfying film about him."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Taylor, making her first feature-length documentary, has the wits to capture the taut mind and disheveled lifestyle of a very funny man."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Zizek is such an entertaining speaker -- his eyes intense, his fingers jabbing, spittle flying from his lips -- that you don't mind that so many concepts are whizzing by your ears."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"To some, he may suggest the 'Elvis of cultural theory'; to others, though, he might be closer to Peter Finch of Network. In short: a cerebral blowhard."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Boxoffice Magazine
"Americans might want to approach him first on the printed page rather than the hyperactive Zizek!"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"[Sings] to the smug choir of post-structuralist academia, who have so few movies made for their matinee satisfaction."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"You may not grasp his ideological philosophy, but you'll have a good time making the attempt."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...a primer to Zizek and his ideals this is not..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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