Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 18, 2013
The film succeeds as an introduction to Beck the writer but is undercut by its lack of gritty details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly
July 12, 2013
Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 16, 2013
Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp ...
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
July 13, 2013
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.
Nick Usen
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
April 22, 2014
Docu admires and glamorizes pimping with celeb interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
Time Out
July 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
July 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2013
It's briskly pieced together from interviews and archival footage, including snippets of Slim that easily hint at his authoritative, brooding magnetism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Leydon
September 11, 2012
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.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
August 15, 2013
[Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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