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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. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    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. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Leydon Variety

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

  • 70
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 30
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary. show more

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