The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek forgoes the textbook stuff for a fun, probing look at cinema and the human emotional response to it.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Miranda Siegel
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

A good film to show to budding cinephiles? Yes, but in the end, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema falls slightly short of the monumental thesis on cinema spectatorship for which it strives.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

What helps the film rise above the level of a photographed college lecture is the director's inventive and playful presentation.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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.

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

[Zizek] steers clear of his usual dense Hegel-centric language and goes straight for the fun bits.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A delightful two-and-a-half-hour repast for mindful film junkies.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

Cinematically speaking, you my find your meeting with psychoanalyst/film theorist Slavoj Zizek to be a near-religious experience.

Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Zizek's personal psychoanalytic dissection of Cinema is always fascinating and rewarding, even if clearly a one man's vision. But many times he also… More
Ken Stachnik
Super Geeky fun
Randy Tippy
Slavoj Zizek brings his study of philosophy and psychoanalysis to bear on some of the great masterworks of film, examining them for hidden and not-so-hidden… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Pervert's Guide to Cinema" is an interesting documentary narrated and hosted by philosopher Slavoj Zizek wherein he… More
Elvira B
Lacaan and cinema. Only if you are totally willing to hear what Zizek has to say. If you are not one to be told what to think, and most importantly, if you are… More
Alec Barniskis
Being a philosopher, psychoanalysist, and Freudian lap dog its safe to say Slavoj Zizek has some interesting things to say about movies. I know nothing about… More