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The Notorious Bettie Page Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In spite of the film's surface allure -- no, not the leather, the period evocation -- and a fine performance by Gretchen Mol in the title role, Bettie is in bondage to a shallow, black-and-white script.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While Gretchen Mol delivers a delightfully exuberant lead performance, the film itself seldom goes beyond skin deep.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Because we are left with so many questions, the film emerges as emotionally lacking and flat when it should be moving, or at least enlightening.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie, in a sense, is just like Bettie's photos: all glorious surface. The Notorious Bettie Page captures, with seductive finesse, how Bettie Page happened, yet what it leaves us with is the tantalizing enigma of a girl who couldn't truly be ''bad'' because she made sex divinely delicious.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Gretchen Mol is finally the key to the mysterious appeal of the film, to its sweetness and sadness.

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