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  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Lovett's history is heavy on hedonism, but he does deliver a succinct perspective on this celebratory era - between the sad bookends of repression and loss. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Some four decades after the birth of the gay-rights movement, the excess and sexual abandon of gay life in the '70s seems more an aberration than an accurate picture of out-and-about gay life at the end of the 20th century. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Yet despite the retrospective sensationalism, Lovett's 70-minute documentary is a sobering anti-erotic cautionary tale. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Largely male gay sex, with nary a lesbian in sight, or in mind. show more

  • 63
    New York Post

    The conclusion is that in this bare-chested band of brothers, what really matters is camaraderie. "Having friends," remembers one guy, "that was the best part." As he says this, the décor behind him features a pair of handcuffs. show more

  • 40
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    A documentary with a decidedly prurient slant, Gay Sex in the 70s isn't for everyone – it's definitely aimed toward the older gay crowd who somehow lived through the experience and the younger one who might wistfully wish that it had. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    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. show more

  • 67
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    It's often a vivid film and paints its small niche well, but only in the final passages, when AIDS changes everything, does it feel full-blooded. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com

    Lovett's film is a finely balanced and loving work of history, which never tries to sugarcoat elements of the explosion of gay sexuality three decades ago that may seem excessive or disturbing to some contemporary viewers. show more

  • 80
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    An engrossing piece of social history, a lively, astonishingly well-documented excavation of that period. show more

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