Venus Boyz
Venus Boyz (2003)

A film about people who create intermediate sexual identities. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men--some for a night, others for their whole lives.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Unfortunately, Baur doesn't seem to have either a thesis or an editor as she lets each segment meander without purpose.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

[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.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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!'

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times


Gene Seymour

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.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

Fascinating discussions... but there is so much repetition that it starts to get boring and people sharing their innermost secrets shouldn't be boring.

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