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Gay Sex in the 70s Reviews

July 8, 2010
Gay Sex in the '70s is technically erratic and far from definitive. Full of fascinating stories and fleshed out with evocative archival footage, it's also a loving portrait of a semi-forgotten New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2010
New York in the 1970s seems like an arena of nonstop gratification, but one that can only be understood in the context of the repression and fear that had gone before. It seems as distant as the 1890s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2006
... lacks the authority of such gay documentary classics as "Word Is Out" and "Before Stonewall," which were far more inclusive.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2006
There is, however, little socio-political insight into the Dionysian revolution depicted here; the film seems to serve more as a nostalgia piece than anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2006
An engrossing piece of social history, a lively, astonishingly well-documented excavation of that period between June 1969 and June 1981 when gay men in New York experienced a bacchanalian burst of sexual liberation.
February 17, 2006
The faces of that movement are what sell this story -- with enthusiasm, not regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2006
Despite the retrospective sensationalism, Lovett's 70-minute documentary is a sobering anti-erotic cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2006
... Lovett's tribute to a bygone era feels like it might resonate deeper if context and character overpowered story upon story of sexual excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2005
Lovett's nostalgic paean to the erotic utopia of his youth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2005
Lovett's lively, impassioned, well-structured documentary is enhanced by stacks of explicit photos and the reminiscences of men who lived through the decade.
December 6, 2005
Lovett backs up his assertion that the decade bracketed by the 1969 Stonewall riots, marking the beginning of gay liberation, and the emergence of AIDS in 1981 was 'the most libertine period the Western world has known since the Roman Empire.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2005
The conclusion is that in this bare-chested band of brothers, what really matters is camaraderie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2005
Lovett employs bittersweet but blissful recollections of men who can only be described as survivors.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2005
The director, Joseph Lovett, wants us to ask if there's such a thing as too much freedom, and he has the sobriety to say yes -- and no.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 1, 2005
[The film] falls in line with the celebratory doc fare often found at gay film festivals: sub-TV production values, middling archival footage, and a hesitancy to separate history from nostalgia in the course of enshrining the first-person record.
October 28, 2005
Low on context and consequence if not sex appeal, Gay Sex in the 70s is only desirable if Fleshbot is having a slow gay news week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4