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½ September 24, 2018
The people vs Larry Flynt does justice in portraying an eccentric historical figure.
½ August 28, 2018
more innocence than you could ever hope or expect for..

The People VS. Larry Flynt

The People VS. Larry Flynt is a character driven dramatic biography about a disavowed man seeking the rights of a normal citizen.

Clocking at two hours, the feature is entirely busy that makes it thoroughly entertaining. And even though the "entertaining" part comes from the humorous aspect of it their also resides enough craft to work and explore in it. Forman's overt world is diplomatic and rubs the ethic with competitive arguments and debates that keeps the audience tangled in it.

Unlike any other biographies, it doesn't walk on usual structure but breaks barriers unflinchingly. The primary strength of the feature is the chemistry and relationship between the lead characters especially when it starts aging on screen and grows more innocence than you could ever hope or expect for.

It is short on technical aspects like sound department, costume design, cinematography and background score although it is edited aptly. The camera work is appreciative with dark and quirky theme that is palpable to the surrounding.

Harrelson has never been better with a sassy vocal that is both funny and effective at the same time. Norton too is doing some of his best work on supporting him with Love whose evolution is one of the best part of the feature. The writing is gripping, adaptive, layered and metaphorical that attains a perfect balance between humor and drama.

Armed with such strong script, Forman's execution exceeds the words that are projected in here on his own terms that is free from any rules. Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional characters and fragile love track at the heart of it are the high points of the feature.

The People VS. Larry Flynt is a Harrelson's passion as much as it of Forman's and fortunately, the communication is crystal clear with the audience.
August 9, 2018
This is a great biographical film based on the infamous Hustler magazine owner Larry Flint and his various battles with the US jurisdiction. Woody Harrlelson is in fine form as the titular character and Edward Norton, a new face when the film was made more than holds his own against far more experienced thespians. All in all if you enjoy court house films you will probably enjoy this one as well. Also Milos Forman is a legend who has made One flew over the cuckoo's nest and Amadeus and just for that you should give this one a shot.
July 10, 2018


[Milos Forman]
Super Reviewer
June 29, 2018
Suffers from some of the standard biopic problems, but Forman is mostly using Flynt to examine American hypocrisy and its in those moments that movie makes itself more than worthwhile.
½ March 11, 2018
Underrated, a must see.
½ November 26, 2017
Under Milos Forman's assured direction - which brings out the best from Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love - The People Vs. Larry Flynt turns out to be a compelling biopic.
½ November 16, 2017
A power play, between despicability and altruism darting adeptly in a moral tennis match between a smut peddler and the slutty powers that be, whose most unbelievable aspect being Courtney Love giving an amazing performance.
½ October 19, 2017
addictive yet scripted lol
½ May 30, 2017
Forman's direction is phonomenal; he multi-facets the film to present the film's lead as complex and ambiguous. But, the script is a mess and Harrelson doesn't assist Forman in his quest for presenting Flynt as opaquely ambivalent. However, for his acceptable effort I'll give Forman the benefit of the doubt and cut my rating straight down the middle, albeit I wouldn't recommend the film for its untidy craft.
April 26, 2017
Movie about a porn magazine mogul who first takes on censorship and then takes on Jerry Falwell. Not good. Woody Harrelson didn't convince me he was a sleazy porn man. Courtney Love was good, but one dimensional. The movie needed a better script. Very cookie cutter and boring.
March 4, 2017
Strong performance from Woody
½ February 21, 2017
The People vs. Larry Flynt is the beard & butter bio pic, but it takes that and brings more to the table. This is Woody Harrelson's best performance.
December 12, 2016
Like him or not, his fights for rights meant victory for us all. He stood firm on the Constitution and it held, just as it was intended.
October 18, 2016
Woody Harrelson's bravado filled performance and a solid cast make for a compelling drama with some courtroom moments. Larry Flynt creates the porn mag Hustler, and then proceeds to take on everyone from judges, Evangelicals, preachers, etc. The movie is never boring and it definitely does not hold back on this man's crazy changes from entrepreneur, changed man, prisoner, and paraplegic. The solid performances and plot keep things going, from the director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
August 18, 2016
Powerfully moving and with a compelling fact-based story, The People Vs. Larry Flynt doesn't hold back on its share of humor that blends nicely with the true story drama and delivers excellent performances from Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton.
July 23, 2016
I simply didn't care enough about the monstrous person it portrays to have any interest in this well-done movie. An immaculately painted picture of a turd is still a picture of a turd.
July 4, 2016
The biopic that explores how a man broke boundaries to porn and politics in the 1970s and 1980s
June 22, 2016
I had been wanting to see "The People vs. Larry Flynt" for quite a while, and finally saw it a couple of months ago. An interesting, unique film that portrays how Larry Flynt, who founded the erotic Hustler Magazine, was panned down & loathed by just about everybody who were against extreme public nudity & how this all affected his life, the film featured great acting (Woody Harrelson was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar), great direction by Milos Forman (who was nominated for the Best Director Oscar), & neat settings. "The People vs. Larry Flynt" was quite an enjoyable film.
April 27, 2016
"Hilarious, Extraordinary , Inspiring , Fabulous & Astonishing "
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