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Kinsey (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: Nov 12, 2004
• UK: 4 Mar 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 17, 2005

Budget USD 11,000,000
BoxOffice: $9.0M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for pervasive sexual content, including some graphic images and descriptions.

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA, Germany

Studio Ab'-Strakt Pictures, American Zoetrope, Myriad Pictures, N1 European Film Produktions, Pretty Pictures, Qwerty Films, Searchlight Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Biography, Gay/Lesbian, Period Piece, Love Triangle, Marriage, School / Campus, Infidelity

Tagline: Let's talk about sex.

Plot: Using the technique of his own famous sex interviews, KINSEY (Liam Neeson) recounts the scientist’s extraordinary journey from obscurity to global fame. Alfred Kinsey grows up the son of an engineering teacher and occasional Sunday school preacher (John Lithgow). Rebelling against the rigid piety of his home life, and drawn to the world of the senses, Kinsey becomes a Harvard-educated zoologist specializing in the study of gall wasps.

After being hired to teach biology at Indiana University, Kinsey meets and marries a witty, free-thinking female student, Clara McMillen (Laura Linney). In the course of his teaching he discovers an astonishing dearth of scientific data on sexual behavior. When students seek him out for advice about sexual concerns and problems, he realizes that no one has done the clinical research that would yield reliable answers to their questions.

Inspired to explore the emotionally charged subject of sex from a strictly scientific point of view, Kinsey recruits a team of researchers, including Clyde Martin (Peter Sarsgaard), Wardell Pomeroy (Chris O’Donnell) and Paul Gebhard (Timothy Hutton). Over time they refine an interviewing technique which helps people to break through shame, fear, and guilt and speak freely about their sexual histories. Kinsey also

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 External Reviews
external link''KINSEY,'' Bill Condon's smart, stirring life of the renowned mid-century sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, has a lot to say on the subject of sex, which it treats with sobriety, sensitivity and a welcome measure of humor.

external linkKinsey is not as strong on character, but is just as rich in ideas. For those who aren't put off by a movie whose sexual frankness knows few boundaries, Kinsey has much to recommend itself. This is a fine motion picture with a couple of superlative performances. It is arguably the best, most honest bio-pic of the year, and is certainly worth the price of admission. 3/4
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

external linkRespectful and bland, this biopic about revolutionary sex researcher Alfred Kinsey is about as exciting as a date with grandma.
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)

external linkThis is a good script handed to the right actors, handled by the right director, which, while perhaps expected at a season like this, is sure a nice relief. B
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)

external linkKINSEY is an intelligent film that is never less than completely humane. For audiences, fidgeting in their seats or giggling nervously as sex in all its manifestations plays out on the screen, it might just change a few cherished assumptions and, ultimately, make them a little more comfortable in its skin. 4/5
--Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)

external linkDespite being anchored by some knockout performances, especially by Neeson and Lynn Redgrave (who has a pivotal cameo at the end), the movie’s traditional biopic structure proves a poor fit for the life of an undeniably fascinating figure. 2/5
--Beth Gilligan (

external linkBill Condon’s Kinsey has the look of a biographical tale but not the by-the-numbers feel that often outlasts our patience for the dryness we’re experiencing. 4/5
--Erik Childress (

 Directed by
Bill Condon
Gods and Monsters, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Murder 101
 Written by
Bill Condon
Strange Invaders, Gods and Monsters, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
Liam Neeson
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins
Laura Linney
The Truman Show, Mystic River, Love Actually
Chris O'Donnell
Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, Scent of a Woman
Peter Sarsgaard
Garden State, Jarhead, Boys Don't Cry
Timothy Hutton
Secret Window, The General's Daughter, French Kiss
John Lithgow
Shrek, Cliffhanger, The Pelican Brief
Tim Curry
Charlie's Angels, The Hunt for Red October, Scary Movie 2
 Music By
Carter Burwell
Fargo, Being John Malkovich, The Big Lebowski

external linkThe movie may pique your interest solely because of the sexy subject matter, but this is no leering and licentious little confection. As a matter of fact, there's barely any sex and next to zero in the nudity department, but "Kinsey" still packs a delicious little punch. 4/5
--Scott Weinberg (

external link"Kinsey" tells a remarkable story about a curious man from an oppressively pious background whose own sexual ignorance drove him to an obsession with human sexuality that included the full spectrum of personal experimentation.
--Jack Mathews (New York Daily News)

external link"Kinsey" is a brutally honest, uncompromising and nonjudgmental look at a man who irrevocably changed American culture: sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, who published "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" and "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female" in the late '40s and early '50s.
--Paul Clinton (CNN Showbiz)

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