The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A sly conceptual coup d’art and a deeply sincere exploration of masculinity and its discontents, with a little hot sex thrown in.
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By Eric Kohn
As a fleeting essay on sexual biases, it encourages a thoughtful debate, but leaves too many questions dangling to solidify into much beyond a dashed experiment.
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San Francisco Chronicle

A Rubik's Cube of a movie, an intriguing, layered puzzle that isn't easily solved.
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The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Franco has finally delivered a side project that does at least some justice to his eclectic artistic ambitions.
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Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
Unfocused lapses aside, though, the film is intriguing and discomforting in equal measure, using its brief running time to frame thoughtful, boundary-pushing questions.
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Slant Magazine

By Eric Henderson
With Travis Mathews's help, James Franco's persona forms a kind of symmetry: 1980's dubious homophobia against 2013's risible homophilia.
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By Matt Zoller Seitz
So what are you looking at, really? Is the movie a bait-and-switch? Probably. The film has fun with the idea that nobody would have gotten involved were it not for the chance to work with James Franco and perhaps perform in a sex scene with James Franco (there are no sex scenes involving James Franco, if you were wondering).
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it’s the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke.
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By Peter Debruge
A partly authentic, partly scripted behind-the-scenes featurette that never quite conveys the star’s “high/curious” interest in all things taboo.
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Village Voice

By Calum Marsh
It's a particularly risible nothing whose premise alone betrays the paucity of Franco's imagination and wit.
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47 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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