Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story (2013)

A powerful inside look at the talented, scandalous and iconic world of Bob Guccione.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The film can't resist trying to turn Mr. Guccione into a tragic figure, an image that will have fewer buyers than his flagship magazine does today.

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Simon Houpt
Globe and Mail

It's dispiriting to see [Guccione] subjected to this paint-by-numbers biographical documentary.

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Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

A remarkably incurious feature length documentary, it takes everything Guccione's friends, family and associates have to say at him at face value.

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Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal

There are some wonderful moments in this film by Barry Avrich.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The film's talking heads format grinds on at times, but at least the quotes are good and occasionally even shocking.

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Drew Taylor
The Playlist

This is a documentary about the totemic power of Bob Guccione and how he tried to change the world, one pubic hair at a time.

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Dennis Harvey

Feels like a somewhat superficial, "authorized" bio that nonetheless holds attention via its surfeit of archival materials and input from diverse interviewees.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

Engaging, entertaining and passionately told, Avrich has created an excellent behind-the-man documentary.

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