Tessa DeCarlo, The Brooklyn Rail, Feb 2009
Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine, 19 Jan 2009
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 16 Jan 2009
V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 16 Jan 2009
Vadim Rizov, Village Voice, 14 Jan 2009
Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine, 12 Jan 2009
'Zizek has the ability to incite enthusiasm for the cinema'
Variety.com, 27 Aug 2008
'A hilarious, high-energy monologue by Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who in a stroke of genius is placed on replica sets of the films he's going on about.'
New York Post, 20 Apr 2007
'You don't have to agree with it to appreciate the uniqueness and refreshing quality of Zizek's viewpoint. It's a lot of fun and an education, too.'
San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2007
'Zizek's ideas ... are frequently amusing and provocative, whether using Norman Bates' multilevel house in "Psycho" and the Marx Brothers to illustrate Freud's theories about the superego, ego and id or the films of David Lynch to explore, well, pretty much every aspect of human sexuality.'
Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2007
'Writer Slavoj Zizek and director Sophie Fiennes team up to take viewers on a wonderfully entertaining, and deeply insightful, psychological field trip through the cinematic world.'
Herald Tribune, 21 Apr 2007
'Sophie Fiennes's geeked-out cinema doc, starring exuberant Slovenian theorist Slavoj Zizek, is bound to be more than your cup of tea; it's Red Bull administered intravenously.'
Time Out New York, 19-25 Apr 2007
'Zizek is the undisputed spritz master of international cinema studies.'
The Village Voice, 6 Mar 2007
'Unruly thinker and critic
Slavoj Zizek gives us a highly entertaining
and often brilliant tour of modern
cinema... Tremendously exhilarating
The Guardian, 6 Oct 2006
'For Zizek, it's a visually exuberant showcase of his infectious enthusiasm around the workings of both the mind and the medium ... essential viewing for cinephiles of course, but also for anyone interested in the enduring power of cinema to shape our desires and fuel our dreams.'
Time Out London, 4-11 Oct 2006
'A virtuoso marriage of image and thought, "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema" is a propulsive, stream of consciousness sprint through the movie projector mind of Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek ... pulled off with wit and assurance by director Sophie Fiennes.'
Variety, 8 Sept 2006
'A very different sort of documentary ... he performs with brio and Fiennes
gets her picture out of the lecture hall by
having Zizek talk about Vertigo while
visiting San Francisco, The Birds from a boat in Bodega Bay, and the murder in The Conversation while staying in a room at the same hotel.'
The Observer, 8 Oct 2006
'His belief that the coming of sound was an Edenic fall, both corrupting cinema and enabling it to grow are brilliantly argued and illustrated. Who before Zizek, saw such depth in Chaplin's City Lights or such design in the mazy mysteries of Lost Highway and Mullholland Drive?'
'Slavoj Zizek is
a playful and provocative
host ... his exuberant
delivery will encourage you
to look at film in a different
way. Fiennes wittily
transposes Zizek into
reproductions of scenes from
the films he discusses.'
'You don't have to be a pervert to enjoy this documentary on cinema's grip on our most secret desires.'
Evening Standard Critics Choice
Evening Standard review
watching a film is a more
than just something
to do while chewing
popcorn... Prepare to be
Guardian Guide preview
'Zizek's presentation form is an interesting
and original one... His passion
about what he is explaining draws you in
to listen with intent. The fact he seems to
be not talking from any script or autocue
demonstrates his depth of knowledge.'
'A fascinating journey, full of glimpses into
psychoanalytical speculation, and a great excuse to revisit
many brilliant, mainly familiar pieces of classic cinema.'
Little White Lies
'Sophie Fiennes' kinetic documentary is a must for all film buffs wanting to get all psychoanalytical over the likes of Hitchcock, Coppola, Lynch and Kubrick.'
'Slavoj Zizek is famous for
using film to explore psychoanalytic
thought ... and
he entertains and informs in equal
'Crazy-eyed Freudian Zizek plays
Fort/Da games with the audience: every time
his speculations venture too far out, close
textual attention to everything from Duck
Soup (1933) to Fight Club (1999) reels us
'Sophie Fiennes's film is enjoyably
put together: thanks to
skilful sets, Zizek seems to
address us from inside the films he is considering.'
'Slavoj Zizek may be a pervert, but he's a very clever one.'
The London Paper review
'An insightful, indispensable and eye-opening love letter to the movies... Pure genius.'
Toronto International Film Festival Daily, 7 Sept 2006