Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

This documentary profiles poet/performance artist Bob Flanagan, who was born with cystic fibrosis. Flanagan explains, with engaging humor, how his obsession with controlled, self-inflicted pain has helped him to deal with his uncontrollable… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 7, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This bold, intense, and uncompromising expose of S&M takes audiences to places thay have not been before; in moments, it's tough to watch but quite rewarding at the end.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Does a remarkable thing in presenting extreme, sometimes revolting material and simultaneously making us like and admire Flanagan.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The title alone of Kirby Dick's alleged documentary Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist practically screams: "This is not your standard biopic!"

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Flanagan and Rose prove to be an exceptionally creative and intelligent couple who were able to turn their obsessions into art, albeit of a highly specialized kind and involving at times an overwhelmingly brutal exhibitionism.

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Rob Gonsalves

One of the most unlikely inspirational films ever made.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the most agonizing films I have ever seen.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

The film is sad and funny and flat-out fascinating.

Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine

It contains language and depicts sexual acts that most will find appalling and intolerable, and this fact overshadows any enticing human element the film tries to extend.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
An extremely interesting artist who provides a deep glimpse into the nature of pain. He demonstrates, mostly with his body, the clear, yet often confounding,… More
Wu Chouin
Supermasochist is right. Hard to watch, but worth the ride. You will most definitely squirm in your seat and cover your eyes saying 'Oh, my god'.
El Hombre Invisible
Insightful documentary on Bob Flanagan who fought cystic fribrosis by becoming a masochist. Not just any old masochist. No, he became a super masochist; doing… More
Christopher Brown
Really sad and disturbing film about Bob Flanagan's attempt to deal with cystic fibrosis. A doc that starts like a freakshow and becomes one of the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Sick" is a documentary that starts out with Bob Flanagan, performance artist, reading his own obituary. Flanagan suffered from… More