Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp
Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (2013)

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

[Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp ...

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Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media

Docu admires and glamorizes pimping with celeb interviews.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The film succeeds as an introduction to Beck the writer but is undercut by its lack of gritty details.

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Sam Adams
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.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

The question of how deep a scumbag's amends must run hangs uneasily over the entire movie, which awkwardly straddles the line between amiable hagiography and a more discerning sociological study.

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Miriam Bale
New York Times

The film is weighed down by the testimony of bespectacled professors from hip critical studies and English departments and a psychologist, who describe Mr. Beck's biography without the punch and lyricism of his prose.

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Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly

Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.

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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.

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