The People Vs. Larry Flynt - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The People Vs. Larry Flynt Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 16, 2003
Whitewashing the truth is a forgivable sin in the world of biopics, but to demean ideologies by remaining "balanced" is cowardly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The exploitative misogyny of Flynt's output is never examined, the prurient hypocrisy and intolerance of his persecutors seriously overplayed, plus Larry and Althea's odd romance lacks bittersweet conviction.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 30, 2008
We're really celebrating Hollywood's freedom to create biographies of anyone, no matter how high or low on the social ladder, and still come up with the same banal characteristics, messages and conclusions.
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
The People vs. Larry Flynt is ultimately a worse disappointment than an out-and-out stinker would be, because of its lively, entertaining first half.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
While Harrelson and Love deliver convincing performances, in the end this is a distended account of a revolting couple which dodges the issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
If, as Flynt protests, he's really only guilty of bad taste, perhaps Forman is, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Love proves she is not a rock star pretending to act, but a true actress, and Harrelson matches her with his portrait of a man who has one thing on his mind, and never changes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
You don't have to like the man to support his struggles and enjoy this dramatization of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 30, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
June 30, 2008
One of the truly bizarre careers in recent American cultural life provides the source of tart and tasty amusement in The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
An engaging film on the meaning of the First Amendment of the constitution.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 30, 2008
Woody Harrelson plays Flynt with energy, and Courtney Love does at least as well as his wife.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The movie is a lot of fun for long stretches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
The biggest surprise is a five-star performance by Harrelson. After a series of movies like Indecent Proposal and Money Train, who knew there was an actor under there?
| Original Score: 4/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 30, 2003
I dug it.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Wow. Courtney Love can act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The screenplay, by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, is rich in detail and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Like 12 Angry Men, it's a civics lesson that will still be regaling film enthusiasts four decades hence.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's a modern-day Capra film, about an unorthodox businessman who's persecuted for his originality but eventually is recognized for the lovable, rugged American individualist he truly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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