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The Notorious Bettie Page Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A wonderful celebration of the legend known as Bettie Page.
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
Beautifully stylized but emotionally flat, "The Notorious Bettie Page" is a confined but enjoyable conception of Bettie Page's brief-but-influential career.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Anton Bitel
June 19, 2007
a subtle, understated study of a complex individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2007
It is a wondrously entertaining biopic that gives a dazzling insight into a time when the world was ready to embrace the notion of a sex goddess, innocently.
Cynthia Fuchs
December 21, 2006
Men can ogle and evaluate all they want. The film's Bettie is what they've made, but she eludes them.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 29, 2006
Stars Gretchen Mol in a terrific comeback performance as Page, the God-fearing woman from Tennessee who left Nashville for New York, where her aspirations of becoming an actress were interrupted, you might say, by a whip and a ball gag.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 29, 2006
Refreshingly, Mol doesn't play Page as a dumb bunny but as someone who discovered that narrow middle ground between sweetness and sexiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Ruth Williams
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
The Notorious Bettie Page may be nothing but a series of beautiful poses, but audiences will be more than happy with the result.
David Cornelius
September 21, 2006
Watching Mol in action in the title role, it's impossible to imagine anyone else in the part.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
August 4, 2006
A small, strangely sweet tale well told. But this is all about Mol, who puts in a performance that gives her a very early lead on next year's Oscar race.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 3, 2006
Mary Harron's Bettie Page biopic is beautifully shot and features a terrific performance by Gretchen Mol, but it's also frustratingly vague and never gets beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
July 22, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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
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
Top Critic
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.
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