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Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp Reviews

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Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media

Docu admires and glamorizes pimping with celeb interviews.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2014
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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[Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ | Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2013
Brent Simon

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

July 24, 2013
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 18, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2013
Nick Usen
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

November 5, 2012
Joe Leydon
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A labor of love biodoc that nonetheless offers a warts-and-all evaluation of its subject, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp intrigues and illuminates.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 11, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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The film succeeds as an introduction to Beck the writer but is undercut by its lack of gritty details.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2013
Miriam Bale
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 18, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 16, 2013
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

July 13, 2013
Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly
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Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 12, 2013
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