American Pimp
American Pimp (2000)

Albert and Allen Hughes, the writing and directing team of Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, turn their documentary eye to the world of street pimps in this 1999 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry. The black urban… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 9, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

A disappointing docu debut drom the gifted Hughes brothers, a soft, uncritical exploration of pimps that ignores issues of race, misogyny and violence; helmers seem carried away by the "exotic" lifestyle of this morally dubious profession.

Victoria Alexander

Celebrates an evil.

Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

By the time the movie ends we're left wondering if perhaps we weren't just celebrating these predators.

David Luty
Film Journal International

There's a built-in staleness to American Pimp that the Hughes Brothers are never able to overcome.

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Frank Ochieng

The Hughes Brothers stylized and provocative expose' about street hustling flesh merchants...comical, disturbing and revealing.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film could never get to the core of what makes the pimp think in such a perverted way.

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Cole Smithey

Wild, real and raw.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A surprising -- and surprisingly non-salacious -- non-fiction treat. It's a credit to the Hughes brothers that viewers leave with a much grayer picture of what an American pimp is all about.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
This is a really funny and informative sort of documentary.
Cassandra Maples
'American Pimp' is fascinating from start to finish. The Hughes brothers documentary is relatively non-judgmental, and lets the flamboyant and… More