Carnal Knowledge
Carnal Knowledge (1971)

"Maybe you're not supposed to like it with someone you love." With a script by satirist and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Mike Nichols's Carnal Knowledge (1971) ruthlessly exposed the damage wrought by pre-1960s sexual mores.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 30, 1971
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A rather superficial and limited probe of American male sexual hypocrisies.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Stays within the universe of its characters, and inhabits it totally. And within that universe, men and woman fail to find sexual and personal happiness because they can't break through their patterns of treating each other as objects.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... an acerbic and, in many ways, dispiriting portrait of masculinity and male sexuality in the post-World War II culture.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The picture has its moments of chilling insight, though essentially it is one more quaint early-70s stab at an American art cinema that never materialized.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

In addition to being the toughest comedy since Little Murders, and the most imaginative comedy since Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge represents a nearly ideal collaboration of directorial and writing talents.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pretentious and uneven provocative moralistic adult drama about coping with the "sexual revolution" among the middle-class males.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

This was never quite the major assault on sexism and male chauvinism it set itself up to be.

Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Frank '70s coming-of-age tale has lots of sex, profanity.

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Cole Smithey

Ah, the sweet smell of '70s American cinema when anything was possible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
I can't believe it took me so long to get to what was once must-see viewing back in the day, but at least now I know what all the fuss was about. Jack… More
Graham Jones
Nicholsan's portrayal of a bastard is spot on.
Pierluigi Puccini
Incredibly and despicably cynic, and also quite true, because that's exactly how we talk about the opposite sex, one of us is either Nicholson or… More
Conner Rainwater
This is everything Mike Nichols was trying to say with his adaptation of The Graduate, but couldnâ(TM)t. This takes the idea of love, relationships and… More
Jim Hunter
Both sexually exploitative and immature in their own ways, two men navigate changing sexual mores during the sexual revolution. I always thought that… More
Aj V
I understood what the story was trying to say in the end, but I wasn't sure it was worth watching the rest of the movie just to say that. This movie is… More