The People Vs. Larry Flynt Reviews

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Washington Post
October 18, 2008
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2008
An exultant comedy of American repression and revolt.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 30, 2008
A brave, spectacularly entertaining -- and unexpectedly stirring -- account of Flynt's life that asks us to regard the publisher of Hustler magazine as an invaluable champion of our First Amendment freedoms.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Thanks to the light humour, it's consistently engaging; yet minus that darker shading, it's never fully convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
In its excesses and extravagances, its fascination with sex, religion, celebrity, bad taste and making a whole lot of money, there is no more American story than that of combative pornographer and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Smart, funny, shamelessly entertaining and perfectly serious too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An enormously entertaining and surprisingly touching bio-pic.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.