Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 75
    Tries to have it both ways -- as a kitschy ode to bodybuilding culture and as a tragic story of a man who was persecuted for his dreams.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Fanciful and highly entertaining docudrama.
  3. There's an undeniable energy, originality and -- most hearteningly -- optimism here that makes Beefcake well worth your time, shortcomings and all.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Sullivan
    63
    It leaves you with an odd, sweet-and-sour taste - nostalgia painted in pastel colors, streaked with black smears.
  5. 63
    Much to enjoy in this potpourri of silly fun and forbidden games, but a bit less ambition and a tad more focus might have helped.

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