• Released
  • July 19, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
  • 3 Fan Ratings
80

Variety

By Joe Leydon
“Portrait” abounds in the sort of ironies and contrasts that can make a biodoc fascinating even to auds totally unfamiliar with its subject.
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70

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
After an unpromising beginning, Iceberg Slim develops into a thorny, engaging exploration of the strange twilight and late-in-life fame of a bona fide American outlaw.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
The movie is itself rough around the edges, notably in some chintzy attempts at animating pulp graphics. But it's briskly pieced together from interviews and archival footage.
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63

Slant Magazine

It threatens to succumb to hero worship, but Jorge Hinojosa wisely subverts Slim's mythos by pulling the curtain back on it in the doc's second half by revealing the man beneath.
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60

Time Out New York

Beck’s widow, his ex-wife and three daughters paint the man as someone whose success only complicated his life, estranging him from his family and eventually saddling him with crippling inertia. Pimping ain’t easy, but going straight is no picnic, either.
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50

The New York Times

Though directed with some flourishes, including a riveting use of music and attractive animated pulp art, the film is weighed down by the testimony of bespectacled professors from hip critical studies and English departments and a psychologist.
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50

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Beck expressed dismay that “Pimp” was taken as a glamorization of his life, and not a warning. By omitting the experiences of the women who worked for him, the filmmakers risk the same thing.
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30

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary.
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56 out of 100
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