• Released
  • June 9, 2000
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • Documentary
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Supple and engrossing, a liquid-smooth street-rap testimonial.
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80

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Never less than riveting.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Genuinely entertaining and, thanks to a well of self-deluded quotes from the men, shockingly funny.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
A lively, compulsively watchable but ultimately sobering film about the men who make their living off prostitution.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Eighty-six minutes proves to be more than enough time to spend with these characters, but the Hughes Brothers make the case that this is a...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Most of American Pimp feels like you've been slipped a Mickey.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Unfortunately, you really only hear about prostitution from the side of the pimp.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
American Pimp, if not quite a self-serving orgy of self-justification, can hardly be thought of as a searching look at the skin trade.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's funny stuff, though most of the pimps seem like such buffoons it's hard to imagine how they actually make a living.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Lushly entertaining, and its subjects are terrific storytellers with style to burn.
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