Zoologist Alfred Kinsey's (Liam Neeson) research on human sexuality challenges the status quo of the late 1940s.
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" The remarkable Liam Neeson does an affectingly self-effacing turn in the title role. "
" Smart, eloquent and refreshingly free of condescension, Kinsey makes clear we'd all be a lot worse off without him. "
" Straight from the first frames, writer-director Bill Condon adroitly tackles the problem that all biopics about accomplished people invariably bump up against: How to marry the life to the work, dramatizing one without slighting the other? "
" Not only does Kinsey flow with the purpose of biographical narrative, it provides a compelling portrait of a momentous shift in American culture. "
" The humour is rich but never bawdy. "
" There's a flatness to the filmmaking; what's needed here is a lot more va-va in its va-va-voom. "
" It's delightfully playful for a serious movie, balancing glib wit against its pathos and controversy. "
" I can't imagine the performances, or much else, being improved on. "
" A convincing picture of an America semiconsciously cowered in fear and ignorance about sexuality. "
" [Neeson] makes the movie better than it is by filling in the rough patches with a portrayal so committed, so nuanced, that this may be the role he's remembered for (and which may finally win him an Oscar). "
" It's partly a scientific brief, partly a song of sex, and it's enormously enjoyable. "
" Succeeds, in part, because the film is as non-judgmental as the famed sex researcher himself. "
" It's a film Kinsey himself might have appreciated: It's sober, never flashy or exciting but always engrossing, both for its penetration into Kinsey's psychology and for the effects his findings are shown to have on the world and the people around him. "
" The great thing about Kinsey is the triumphant way it entertains, informs and electrifies us with the highest values of traditional cinema while opening our hearts and minds with the liberating potential of human diversity. "
" The biopic succumbs to a paint-by-numbers feel as it dutifully touches the highs and lows of a life that can't easily fit within two hours. "
" It's a new Neeson as Dr. Alfred Kinsey, all spiky-haired and harried, and he's enormously appealing in the role. "
" One heck of a flick, paying homage to an imperfect man whose impact on history may be substantial, and yet painting him as a clumsy, passionate fellow who's simply trying to figure things out. "
" It's the biography of a sex pioneer disguised as a love story, or a romance with some rather intriguing side issues, and it begins with one of cinema's more intriguing pickup lines: 'I've been reading up on gall wasps.' "
" The shame is that the film doesn't convey more mess or danger; its sex and its politics are almost entirely dinner-table-friendly. "
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