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Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones. (c) Official Site

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Aug 26, 2013

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The film succeeds as an introduction to Beck the writer but is undercut by its lack of gritty details.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The film is weighed down by the testimony of bespectacled professors from hip critical studies and English departments and a psychologist, who describe Mr. Beck's biography without the punch and lyricism of his prose.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp ...

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Beck's widow, his ex-wife and three daughters paint the man as someone whose success only complicated his life, estranging him from his family and eventually saddling him with crippling inertia.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It's briskly pieced together from interviews and archival footage, including snippets of Slim that easily hint at his authoritative, brooding magnetism.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Docu admires and glamorizes pimping with celeb interviews.

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

[Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

The question of how deep a scumbag's amends must run hangs uneasily over the entire movie, which awkwardly straddles the line between amiable hagiography and a more discerning sociological study.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

After an unpromising beginning, Iceberg Slim develops into a thorny, engaging exploration of the strange twilight and late-in-life fame of a bona fide American outlaw.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

It certainly threatens to succumb to hero worship, but Jorge Hinojosa wisely subverts Slim's mythos by pulling the curtain back on it in the doc's second half by revealing the man beneath.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Taken as an in-depth confessional it's fine, but yet another bad mommy blame game on screen. And an odd counterpoint to the explosive, horrific revelations of the many sex trafficking documentaries proliferating out there.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
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If the subject interests you, buy and read a couple of Iceberg's books. This film is for entertainment only, although there is substantial entertainment to be had.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
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