Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010)

An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humor and insight, the film captures Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists. Rare footage and compelling… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

Even after 124 minutes of praise he still seems like a sad bastard.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

This is not a probing examination of Hef in all his complexity.

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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE

A seamless, eye-opening entertainment about the civil rights activist side of the Playboy publisher.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR

This eye-opening documentary reveals the mensch beneath the moolah, the ardent social reformer beneath the paisley-patterned shirts.

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Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

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...

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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CNN.com

The film humanizes Hefner in a way no one has attempted to do before on the big screen.

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Matt Pais
Metromix.com

More of a pat on the back than a true examination of the man inside the robe.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Audrey Lush
Far more than boobs and bunny tails Hefner has made a significant sociopolitical contribution to America. An education - I highly recommend it.