Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"Even after 124 minutes of praise he still seems like a sad bastard."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"This is not a probing examination of Hef in all his complexity."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A seamless, eye-opening entertainment about the civil rights activist side of the Playboy publisher."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"Definitely worth a look."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Those who consider Hefner a man who made fortunes by exploiting women in his magazine should find no reason to change their minds after watching this fascinating, illuminating document of America during a time of profound change."
‑ John Griffin, Montreal Gazette
"Hefner's Playboy Foundation fought for civil liberties in general. The cost for these activities came out of his profits, and that didn't give him a moment's pause."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This eye-opening documentary reveals the mensch beneath the moolah, the ardent social reformer beneath the paisley-patterned shirts."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
"There are few people who can be credited with affecting real or lasting change in our culture. One of them is Hugh Hefner, an aspiring cartoonist who borrowed money to put..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"The Playboy empire unabashedly lined up with liberal causes, bringing messages of racial tolerance, resistance to the military-industrial complex, and anti-Puritanism into bedrooms all over America."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A well-done story that reveals more about Hefner than most of us knew."
‑ Diana Saenger,
"A studiously airbrushed portrait of its subject, this obsequious biography of Hugh Hefner highlights his undeniable and important good works, while skirting any serious effort at context or psychological insight."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film humanizes Hefner in a way no one has attempted to do before on the big screen."
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"More of a pat on the back than a true examination of the man inside the robe."
‑ Matt Pais,
"To put it mildly, the doc is way more than just T&A , Bunnies and centerfolds. Although there's some of that too."
‑ Elizabeth Snead,
"Stylistically, the documentary is generic: existing footage and talking head interviews with the addition of centerfolds and shots of classic Playboy short stories and Forum debates."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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