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Kinsey Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    79

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The strength of Kinsey is finally in the clarity it brings to its title character. It is fascinating to meet a complete original, a person of intelligence and extremes.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    One of the year's most satisfying films.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Linney is a match for Neeson, and the only thing that might keep Lithgow from getting a supporting-Oscar nomination is the brevity of the part.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Liam Neeson has never had a richer character to play on screen -- including his landmark role in "Schindler's List" -- and has never displayed such formidable energy and virtuosity.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Kinsey is patient and educational and never (darn it) rude or shocking.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Great movie, but not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very graphic and explicit sexual references and situations, including clinical and informal discussions and depictions of a wide range of sexual experiences and activities, including adultery and homosexuality. Characters use extremely strong language including clinical and slang terms for sexual acts. Characters drink and smoke. The movie includes some tense emotional scenes and some minor scuffling. A strength of the movie is its depiction of early concerns about equal treatment for women and minorities, including gays and lesbians.

  • Families can talk about why Kinsey's work created such an uproar. How do we know -- how do we decide -- what "normal" means? Could anyone be as controversial today as Kinsey was in the 1950s? Why does Mac laugh after meeting Kinsey's parents? What does that tell you about her? What made it possible for Kinsey to be a different kind of father to his children than his father was to him? What did Kinsey learn from his interview with his father? Why were Kinsey and his staff so wrong about the impact that their sexual experimentation would have on their wives?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Tense emotional confrontations, some scuffles.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Very explicit sexual references and situations, clinical discussions of many sexual acts.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking.

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