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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

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An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humor and insight, the film captures Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists. Rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th Century American pop culture, present a brilliant and entertaining snapshot of the life of an extraordinary man and the controversies that surrounded him. -- (C) Phase 4

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Jan 1, 2011

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (18)

Even after 124 minutes of praise he still seems like a sad bastard.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Hefner's Playboy Foundation fought for civil liberties in general. The cost for these activities came out of his profits, and that didn't give him a moment's pause.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A studiously airbrushed portrait of its subject, this obsequious biography of Hugh Hefner highlights his undeniable and important good works, while skirting any serious effort at context or psychological insight.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is not a probing examination of Hef in all his complexity.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today
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This eye-opening documentary reveals the mensch beneath the moolah, the ardent social reformer beneath the paisley-patterned shirts.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
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The film humanizes Hefner in a way no one has attempted to do before on the big screen.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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A seamless, eye-opening entertainment about the civil rights activist side of the Playboy publisher.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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There are few people who can be credited with affecting real or lasting change in our culture. One of them is Hugh Hefner, an aspiring cartoonist who borrowed money to put...

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

More of a pat on the back than a true examination of the man inside the robe.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Definitely worth a look.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The Playboy empire unabashedly lined up with liberal causes, bringing messages of racial tolerance, resistance to the military-industrial complex, and anti-Puritanism into bedrooms all over America.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

To put it mildly, the doc is way more than just T&A , Bunnies and centerfolds. Although there's some of that too.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Those who consider Hefner a man who made fortunes by exploiting women in his magazine should find no reason to change their minds after watching this fascinating, illuminating document of America during a time of profound change.

August 23, 2010
Montreal Gazette

A well-done story that reveals more about Hefner than most of us knew.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com
ReviewExpress.com

Stylistically, the documentary is generic: existing footage and talking head interviews with the addition of centerfolds and shots of classic Playboy short stories and Forum debates.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

Far more than boobs and bunny tails Hefner has made a significant sociopolitical contribution to America. An education - I highly recommend it.
March 23, 2011
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