• Released
  • March 27, 2009
  • NR , 1 hr 21 min
  • Documentary
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American Swing Synopsis
Plato's Retreat becomes the epicenter for wild public sex in 1970s New York.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Plato's Retreat was a buffet of bodies, and the film catches the moment America could think that was tasty.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Doesn't have a particularly well-defined point of view, but it is a succinct, entertaining and valuable record of a time that in some ways...
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75

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
American Swing could use the flair of similar portraits of disco-era debauchery like "Boogie Nights" or "Inside Deep Throat," but it’s...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Often engrossing and humorous.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Directors Jon Hart and Matthew Kaufman don’t delve deeply enough into the psyche of club founder Larry Levenson or the culture he...
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50

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
The film tries--and fails--to swing both ways, nostalgically glorifying its subject only to smugly revel in Levenson's ignominious demise.
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50

Los Angeles Times

But even a comic spin on grimace-inducing tales of the icky buffet, the "mattress room" (whatever you're imagining, that's it) and...
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Mathew Kaufman and Jon Hart's documentary is just functionally assembled, lacking the style or larger social context that distinguished...
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40

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
It leaves you feeling queasy.
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Rated NR