The People Vs. Larry Flynt
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The People Vs. Larry Flynt
"If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it'll protect all of you -- 'cause I'm the worst," declares Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (as played by Woody Harrelson) in the midst of one of his many court cases. Milos Forman's film follows Flynt from his childhood in Kentucky, where he made extra money for his dirt-poor family by selling the moonshine his father brewed, into adulthood as he manages a strip club in Cincinnati. While the club does middling business, the experience changes Flynt's life in two ways: he meets Althea (Courtney… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"An exultant comedy of American repression and revolt."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Woody Harrelson plays Flynt with energy, and Courtney Love does at least as well as his wife."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Long after you've grown tired of his escapades, the scenes in which he and Althea support one another against the slings an arrows of outrageous fortune are touching and, ultimately, genuinely tragic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Funny, fascinating, and maybe just a little unsettling."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Proof that you can find patriotism in the most unlikely of places."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"A brave, spectacularly entertaining -- and unexpectedly stirring -- account of Flynt's life that asks us to regard the publisher of Hustler magazine as an invaluable champion of our First Amendment freedoms."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"We're really celebrating Hollywood's freedom to create biographies of anyone, no matter how high or low on the social ladder, and still come up with the same banal characteristics, messages and conclusions."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The movie is a lot of fun for long stretches."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Great."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"The latest movie from the great director Milos Forman is a sensational, irreverent docudrama. And, as they say in the porno trade, it's adult entertainment."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"One of the truly bizarre careers in recent American cultural life provides the source of tart and tasty amusement in The People vs. Larry Flynt."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The exploitative misogyny of Flynt's output is never examined, the prurient hypocrisy and intolerance of his persecutors seriously overplayed, plus Larry and Althea's odd romance lacks bittersweet conviction."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I sincerely hope The People Versus Larry Flynt goes all the way and wins the Academy Award."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"The screenplay, by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, is rich in detail and dialogue."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"I dug it."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
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