Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Synopsis
Iceberg Slim reinvents himself from pimp to groundbreaking author.
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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...
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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...
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63

Slant Magazine

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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...
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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...
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50

The New York Times

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Though directed with some flourishes, including a riveting use of music and attractive animated pulp art, the film is weighed down by the...
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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...
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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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By Bodonn11
A fantastic presentation of a classy and vivid writer. There is a diverse group of actors, professors, fellow writers and family members to both weigh in on his background and his influence. There is...

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Rated R | For Language, Violent Images and Sexual Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Docu admires and glamorizes pimping with celeb interviews.
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