Reviewed Aug 02, 2012
Todd Willcox’s review:
I agree with the Academy's recognition of Liam Neeson and Laura Linney's work with Oscar nominations (I was impressed with Peter Skarsgaard as well). Overall, this is a rather straightforward (straight indeed) biopic of the extremely straightforward Kinsey in the 1940s and 1950s when he was working toward his first publication about human sexuality. And while that topic should be worthy of a biopic, I found that the film did not fully capture the controversy that was, at the time, ther person Kinsey was and the subject studied and presented by him. However, I enjoyed the script very much; Kinsey's lectures were particularly fascinating. Even while being religious myself, I am also a social scientist by training and an extremely rational person; I fully agree with Kinsey's findings from science and reason. As the end of Ebert's review notes, Kinsey changed what we think about human sexuality and what is "normal" (he also notes that decriminalization of homosexual behavior in many places was largely due to Kinsey's work). Good for him.