Kinsey

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Director:
Bill Condon
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Kinsey is a 2004 biographical film written and directed by Bill Condon. It stars Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Kinsey tells the story of Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), an early sexual psychology pioneer working at Indiana University. Kinsey's 1948 scientific paper titled "Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male" is considered to be one of the first pieces of research to address the issue. Kinsey's obsession with statistics almost lead him to overlook the emotional elements of human sexual psychology. Nevertheless, Kinsey's rigorous scientific method allowed him to expose the normality of sexually deviant behaviour, which at the time included homosexuality. However, his findings were often divisive and many disagreed violently with them, including his wife (Laura Linney). The film skillfully probes behind Kinsey's erratic and obsessive behaviour to celebrate the true value of his challenge upon the sexually repressive mores of the time. The film was critically acclaimed and Laura Linney received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Condon's great achievement is to turn Kinsey's complicated and controversial career into a grand intellectual drama.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Intelligently written and directed with a pleasing frankness by Bill Condon and well played by Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and a strong supporting cast, the film skillfully uses the ...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Lively, sometimes funny and, inevitably, provocative.

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    Biography, gender roles, controversial, social issues, historical people as characters