The People Vs. Larry Flynt Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2008
An exultant comedy of American repression and revolt.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Ansen
June 30, 2008
A brave, spectacularly entertaining -- and unexpectedly stirring -- account of Flynt's life that asks us to regard the publisher of Hustler magazine as an invaluable champion of our First Amendment freedoms.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 30, 2008
Long after you've grown tired of his escapades, the scenes in which he and Althea support one another against the slings an arrows of outrageous fortune are touching and, ultimately, genuinely tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
June 30, 2008
One of the truly bizarre careers in recent American cultural life provides the source of tart and tasty amusement in The People vs. Larry Flynt.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 30, 2008
Woody Harrelson plays Flynt with energy, and Courtney Love does at least as well as his wife.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 30, 2008
We're really celebrating Hollywood's freedom to create biographies of anyone, no matter how high or low on the social ladder, and still come up with the same banal characteristics, messages and conclusions.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The movie is a lot of fun for long stretches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The exploitative misogyny of Flynt's output is never examined, the prurient hypocrisy and intolerance of his persecutors seriously overplayed, plus Larry and Althea's odd romance lacks bittersweet conviction.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
I sincerely hope The People Versus Larry Flynt goes all the way and wins the Academy Award.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
September 15, 2005
Funny, fascinating, and maybe just a little unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The screenplay, by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, is rich in detail and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
July 25, 2004
Proof that you can find patriotism in the most unlikely of places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
The latest movie from the great director Milos Forman is a sensational, irreverent docudrama. And, as they say in the porno trade, it's adult entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 30, 2003
I dug it.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 16, 2003
Whitewashing the truth is a forgivable sin in the world of biopics, but to demean ideologies by remaining "balanced" is cowardly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
May 5, 2003
Very entertaining.
| Original Score: 7/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
It is a good film with good performances. The trouble is, it's about Larry Flynt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Widgett Walls
February 8, 2003
Harrelson's finest moment and Love's only moment.
| Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Leave it to a European sophisticate to make an inspirational film about America's demon prince of sleaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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