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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This movie's attempt to reinvent Mizer as a First Amendment hero isn't as effective as its triumphant display of beefcake, which is, after all, the movie's raison d'etre. show more

  • 75
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Tries to have it both ways -- as a kitschy ode to bodybuilding culture and as a tragic story of a man who was persecuted for his dreams. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Much to enjoy in this potpourri of silly fun and forbidden games, but a bit less ambition and a tad more focus might have helped. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    It leaves you with an odd, sweet-and-sour taste - nostalgia painted in pastel colors, streaked with black smears. show more

  • 38
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    A campy docu-drama about the secretly gay world of 1950's muscle magazines. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Fanciful and highly entertaining docudrama. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    There's an undeniable energy, originality and -- most hearteningly -- optimism here that makes Beefcake well worth your time, shortcomings and all. show more

  • 58
    Paula Nechak Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    A heady, impressionistic mixture of biography, fantasy and social history in which it isn't always clear which is which. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Beefcake's messiness has real charm, and its tribute to Mizer is both appropriately complicated and poignantly sexy. show more

  • 60
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    An illuminating and engrossing look at the life and times of pioneer Los Angeles physique photographer Bob Mizer show more

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