In Mary Harron's film biography of the nude and naughty pin-up girl, Notorious is synonymous with 'joyless.'
| Original Score: 2/5
It's very possible that the subject just doesn't deserve a biopic, that quite possibly Bettie Page's impact on the popular culture is more interesting than how she made that impact.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
The Notorious Bettie Page's arid fixation on period over character comes at a price.
Harron should have stuck with black and white and filled in her story with more shades of gray.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Delivers the who, what and where of Bettie's life but is scant on the hows and whys. It's a shallow recounting of events without theme or purpose.
| Original Score: C+
A superficial look at the '50s sex icon, pic feels like it was researched via press clippings rather than attempting a fresh rethinking of its era and provocative subject.
Bettie Page more closely resembles a TV movie than a probing feature.
| Original Score: 2/4
Harron has a definite signature style but, oddly enough, she kept her distance with The Notorious Bettie Page, treating the material with kid gloves.
Doesn't give us any more insight into her life than the voiceless, glossy photos we have seen time and time again.
| Original Score: 1/4
Resisting the conventions of the traditional biopic at every turn, The Notorious Bettie Page never finds its footing as a story.
As lightweight as a silk negligee, Mary Harron's homage ... never fully convinces that the model was more than a '50 pop culture footnote.
Played with great charm and enthusiasm by Gretchen Mol.
Visualmente insosso (o jogo entre P&B e cor parece apenas querer chamar a atenção), o filme empalidece tematicamente diante de Kinsey e não retrata Page de maneira particularmente interessante, apesar da ótima performance de Mol.
| Original Score: 3/5
There's no snake in Bettie's Eden and no narrative to Harron's movie.
The movie never seems to make up its mind but, far worse, it never quite gets inside Betty's.
Harron and her co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner chart Page's ascension as reigning diva of decadence with the sort of historic expansiveness usually reserved for dead presidents and Nobel winners.
Because its interest is in Page as an inadvertent erotic icon, Harron's movie plays more like a gentle conceptual satire on all-American 1950s hypocrisy than an attempt to probe the person herself.
... it doesn't bring us any closer to understanding Page's life, or the origins of the multi-billion dollar porn industry.
| Original Score: 2.5/4