The Notorious Bettie Page
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The Notorious Bettie Page
Celebrated and vilified in equal measure, the pinup goddess Bettie Page inspired a legion of followers -- and an indecency scandal -- by appearing in a series of nude, sado-masochistic, and/or revealing magazine spreads in the 1950s. An era later, writer/director Mary Harron casts a knowing eye upon the woman who indirectly gave birth to modern pornography in the biopic The Notorious Bettie Page. As a teen, Page (Gretchen Mol) is a smart, plucky girl with ambitions beyond her Tennessee roots. Suffering varying degrees of abuse from her father, her first husband, and suitors of dubious virtue,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A portrait of the centrefold as a closed book."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"... the movie's worth a look simply for Mol's career-boosting performance."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Intolerably mild"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a subtle, understated study of a complex individual."
‑ Anton Bitel,
"Visualmente insosso (o jogo entre P&B e cor parece apenas querer chamar a atenção), o filme empalidece tematicamente diante de Kinsey e não retrata Page de maneira particularmente interessante, apesar da ótima performance de Mol."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"In Mary Harron's film biography of the nude and naughty pin-up girl, Notorious is synonymous with 'joyless.'"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"We can't always be sure what's archival and what's simulated because sometimes the filmmakers are trying to fool us. But their preoccupation with the manufacture of images keeps this exercise in exposure and concealment interesting."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A wonderful celebration of the legend known as Bettie Page."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Director Mary Harron and her co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner seem seriously conflicted about the tone of their film."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Men can ogle and evaluate all they want. The film's Bettie is what they've made, but she eludes them."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"With her blue-black hair, Mol looks so much like Page that this could be a documentary, and her swings between modesty and exhibitionism are amazingly fluid."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"Disappointingly skin-deep and almost shockingly wholesome."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Beautifully stylized but emotionally flat, "The Notorious Bettie Page" is a confined but enjoyable conception of Bettie Page's brief-but-influential career."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It is a wondrously entertaining biopic that gives a dazzling insight into a time when the world was ready to embrace the notion of a sex goddess, innocently."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The film was directed by Mary Harron from a screenplay she wrote with Guinevere Turner. In the past, these two did substantial work. Now they play, so that audiences may have the double pleasure of enjoying their porn while feeling superior to it."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
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