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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Only when it makes the claim for Page as a pivotal figure in American culture does it overstate the case and become tiresome. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Why does the movie waste so much time on empty adoration from celebrity fans and skim past the significant tragedies that contributed to her complex life? Parental neglect, sexual assault, severe mental illness — all of these factors shaped the woman Page became. But perhaps even today, no one wants to consider the sadness behind her 1,000-watt smile. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Page's no-regrets spirit and the enraptured testimonials from those who knew her in her prime (including some swooning ex-lovers) overpowers clumsy filmmaking. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    That she continues to invite not just Beyoncé and Katy Perry but millions of adoring men and women along for the ride is icing on the cake. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    We’re taken back to a naive era, when the boundaries of “smut” were narrower, when even the images of an unlikely “adult” star (she never did sex films or “real” porn) seem now like good, clean fun. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Director Mark Mori, whose last feature documentary was the 1991 exposé “Building Bombs,” does an entertaining job of conveying Page’s entire life in her own words and illustrating why she has become a worldwide symbol of liberated sexuality. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Page, who died in 2008 in Los Angeles at the age of 85, makes for a blunt but engaging narrator who’s refreshingly candid about sex and her own inner demons. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    In one of Hugh Hefner’s least creepy moments ever, he describes how they became friends later in life; with his help, she finally obtained the legal rights to her rampantly used image. show more

  • 63
    Sheila O'Malley

    She is an engaging guide, humorous and honest, cynical and wise, with that same sense of innocent joy in her own fame that translated into in photos. show more

  • 50
    Kenji Fujishima Slant Magazine

    Mark Mori goes a bit overboard in hammering home his appreciation of Bettie Page's significance, allowing the film to occasionally lapse into repetitiveness. show more

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