The People Vs. Larry Flynt
The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

True story tale of Hustler magazine's creator Larry Flynt and his fight against the system when censorship mongors attempt to shut him down. Makes for good drama with excellent performances from Harrelson and Love.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: December 25, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

An exultant comedy of American repression and revolt.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Woody Harrelson plays Flynt with energy, and Courtney Love does at least as well as his wife.

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TV Guide

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.

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David Ansen

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The movie is a lot of fun for long stretches.

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Chris Gore
Film Threat

I sincerely hope The People Versus Larry Flynt goes all the way and wins the Academy Award.

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