Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth

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Ask Dr. Ruth

America's most famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, is the subject of this documentary tracing her life from Holocaust survivor to acceptable face of sexuality in American living rooms.

"Filmmaker Ryan White captures Dr. Ruth’s exuberant and snappy personality as she hopscotches from speaking engagements to TV and radio appearances. Her infectious energy is colored with an almost arresting openness that is joyous and nonjudgmental, and the affable rapport between filmmaker and subject is a welcome source of laughter. Alongside her optimism, however, are storybook-like animations that bring Dr. Ruth’s childhood as an orphan of the Holocaust to life. The tragic loss of being separated from her parents and never seeing them again shaped how she would embrace the world. The film is an inspiring and entertaining portrait of a trailblazer that reveals the darkness Dr. Ruth emerged from to bring light to so many people." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Sexual references100 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Ryan White ('Serena', 'Good Ol' Freda')
Cast:
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
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Stuff

Stuff

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Ask Dr. Ruth is a warm, often very funny, often very moving portrait of the private life of a public figure.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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If we're going to go 100 minutes with this remarkable old lady, a little depth is pretty much required. It turns out you can ask Dr Ruth about anything - except perhaps herself.

3.0
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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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The film does a great job of contextualising the phenom of Dr. Ruth.

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Variety

Variety

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The irony at the core of the Dr. Ruth persona is that the maverick who made the bedroom public is herself incredibly private

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A movie that feels more like an encomium than a thoughtful probe of a brilliantly mutinous mind.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The director Ryan White ("The Keepers") has fun exploring all that gimmicky pop-cultural detritus, and he also drops in a few greatest-hits montages covering Westheimer's rise to fame.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Ably and reasonably positions Dr. Ruth Westheimer to be something like the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of sex.

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Stuff

Stuff

press

Ask Dr. Ruth is a warm, often very funny, often very moving portrait of the private life of a public figure.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

If we're going to go 100 minutes with this remarkable old lady, a little depth is pretty much required. It turns out you can ask Dr Ruth about anything - except perhaps herself.

3.0
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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

The film does a great job of contextualising the phenom of Dr. Ruth.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The irony at the core of the Dr. Ruth persona is that the maverick who made the bedroom public is herself incredibly private

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A movie that feels more like an encomium than a thoughtful probe of a brilliantly mutinous mind.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The director Ryan White ("The Keepers") has fun exploring all that gimmicky pop-cultural detritus, and he also drops in a few greatest-hits montages covering Westheimer's rise to fame.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Ably and reasonably positions Dr. Ruth Westheimer to be something like the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of sex.

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