Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry
Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry (2009)

Celebrity photographer Michael Grecco takes a behind-the-scenes look at the AVN Awards in this documentary based on the book of the same name. Humorous, introspective, and full of surprises, Naked Ambition reveals a side of the adult film… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An entertaining, adeptly crafted documentary that treats its provocative subject matter with refreshing respect.

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Sean Axmaker

It's less a documentary than a promotional video for [director Michael Grecco's] book...

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Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

Whether Grecco, with his awestruck, sycophantic narrative style is really just doing this all tongue-in-cheek or itā(TM)s a legitimate attempt to get inside the industry is debatableā"but, for as far as it goes, it works.

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Andrew Barker

In contrast with Grecco's evocative photos, his film is scattered and platitudinous, skimming the surface of his subjects and betraying his high-art aspirations with a shallow E! aesthetic.

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Brian Orndorf

There's plenty of nudity, famous porn faces (don't worry, Ron Jeremy shows up), and a few respectable stories, but an overall arc of an idea with all this siliconed commotion? It never arrives.

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Geoff Berkshire

[Director Michael] Grecco comes across as a naive, wide-eyed kid in Wonderland, which might be sweet if it wasn't so obvious his real motivation is to make the audience feel good about buying his book.

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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly

All the naked people on display here are certainly easy on the eyes, but it's not much of a stretch to say that, as usual in Hollywood, the book is better than the movie.

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Bill Gibron

As a look inside the porn industry itself, it barely scratches the surface.

Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Sarah Prisbylla
I'm sure the photography book would be interesting to look at (and you get to see much of it in the film), but I wouldn't really call this… More

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