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The Notorious Bettie Page Reviews

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Eric Melin
June 1, 2006
...reminds us that there was a time when a smiling woman in a jungle-striped bikini frolicking with tigers was more threatening to some folks than an imminent communist threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 30, 2006
The Notorious Bettie Page may be the sweetest movie ever made about pornography.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carlo Cavagna
May 28, 2006
Recreating the unusual spirit of the photos is what the film does best...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 27, 2006
...there is a whiff of embalming fluid about the production ; too much of it seems like an incredible re-creation of the lost and gone forever.
| Original Score: 81/100
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 26, 2006
In Mary Harron's film biography of the nude and naughty pin-up girl, Notorious is synonymous with 'joyless.'
| Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 26, 2006
Shots of the later-in-life Bettie dressing for a day of street evangelizing remind us that standard woman's fashions can be as binding as Irving Klaw's getups.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 25, 2006
It's sort of baffling that The Notorious Bettie Page turns out to be almost boring -- especially when you consider the talent involved.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 25, 2006
Mol's emotional openness provides an invaluable through line as the movie teaches by suggestion, having us connect the dots to determine how a simple, good-hearted gal could go from the church pews of Tennessee to starring on T-shirts at Hot Topic.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The movie is lightheartedly thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
With her blue-black hair, Mol looks so much like Page that this could be a documentary, and her swings between modesty and exhibitionism are amazingly fluid.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 9, 2006
We exit with too clear a sense of the filmmakers' flaws, but Mol's nuanced character triumphs and can firmly situate itself in the milieu of Bettie Page.
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 6, 2006
A cardboard portrayal that acknowledges Page's reputed braininess, yet argues that she didn't understand the implications of her sultry photographs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 6, 2006
... the movie's worth a look simply for Mol's career-boosting performance.
| Original Score: C+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2006
We can't always be sure what's archival and what's simulated because sometimes the filmmakers are trying to fool us. But their preoccupation with the manufacture of images keeps this exercise in exposure and concealment interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 6, 2006
The film, which should be at least engrossing (if not downright titillating), seems lifeless as a 'before' ad for the latest shampoo.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2006
Disappointingly skin-deep and almost shockingly wholesome.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2006
... a splendid visual treat ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 5, 2006
Mol's guile-free performance captures what seems to be the essence of Bettie Page, that of a woman who could turn dirty pictures into good clean fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 5, 2006
But still, who was Bettie Page? The film offers not a clue.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 5, 2006
About a time when taking off one's clothes for a camera was notorious. We can't go back there, but this is an enjoyable, uncritical visit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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