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The Notorious Bettie Page Reviews

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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
May 30, 2006
The Notorious Bettie Page may be the sweetest movie ever made about pornography.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 28, 2006
Recreating the unusual spirit of the photos is what the film does best...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 81/100
May 26, 2006
In Mary Harron's film biography of the nude and naughty pin-up girl, Notorious is synonymous with 'joyless.'
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
May 12, 2006
The movie is lightheartedly thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 6, 2006
... the movie's worth a look simply for Mol's career-boosting performance.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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
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.
May 6, 2006
Disappointingly skin-deep and almost shockingly wholesome.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2006
... a splendid visual treat ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2006
But still, who was Bettie Page? The film offers not a clue.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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