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The Notorious Bettie Page Reviews

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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
April 13, 2006
It's very possible that the subject just doesn't deserve a biopic, that quite possibly Bettie Page's impact on the popular culture is more interesting than how she made that impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 13, 2006
The Notorious Bettie Page's arid fixation on period over character comes at a price.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 4, 2006
Harron should have stuck with black and white and filled in her story with more shades of gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Intolerably mild
Eric D. Snider
March 8, 2006
Delivers the who, what and where of Bettie's life but is scant on the hows and whys. It's a shallow recounting of events without theme or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
September 20, 2005
A superficial look at the '50s sex icon, pic feels like it was researched via press clippings rather than attempting a fresh rethinking of its era and provocative subject.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 14, 2006
Bettie Page more closely resembles a TV movie than a probing feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
April 10, 2006
Harron has a definite signature style but, oddly enough, she kept her distance with The Notorious Bettie Page, treating the material with kid gloves.
Willie Waffle
April 20, 2006
Doesn't give us any more insight into her life than the voiceless, glossy photos we have seen time and time again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
April 11, 2006
Resisting the conventions of the traditional biopic at every turn, The Notorious Bettie Page never finds its footing as a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
April 13, 2006
As lightweight as a silk negligee, Mary Harron's homage ... never fully convinces that the model was more than a '50 pop culture footnote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 11, 2006
Played with great charm and enthusiasm by Gretchen Mol.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 30, 2006
Visualmente insosso (o jogo entre P&B e cor parece apenas querer chamar a atenção), o filme empalidece tematicamente diante de Kinsey e não retrata Page de maneira particularmente interessante, apesar da ótima performance de Mol.
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 11, 2006
There's no snake in Bettie's Eden and no narrative to Harron's movie.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 14, 2006
The movie never seems to make up its mind but, far worse, it never quite gets inside Betty's.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
April 14, 2006
Harron and her co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner chart Page's ascension as reigning diva of decadence with the sort of historic expansiveness usually reserved for dead presidents and Nobel winners.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 14, 2006
Because its interest is in Page as an inadvertent erotic icon, Harron's movie plays more like a gentle conceptual satire on all-American 1950s hypocrisy than an attempt to probe the person herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 28, 2006
... it doesn't bring us any closer to understanding Page's life, or the origins of the multi-billion dollar porn industry.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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