Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. 40
    Ultimately this is a sharp-focus issue movie, decrying intolerance as it explores the effects of labeling, the complexity of fetishizing, and the differences between business and crime.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Like the melancholy remininces of an old relative who lived through an exciting, even harrowing time, but no longer possesses the mental faculties to really flesh out the tale they're spinning.
  3. An illuminating and engrossing look at the life and times of pioneer Los Angeles physique photographer Bob Mizer
  4. This movie's attempt to reinvent Mizer as a First Amendment hero isn't as effective as its triumphant display of beefcake, which is, after all, the movie's raison d'etre.
  5. A heady, impressionistic mixture of biography, fantasy and social history in which it isn't always clear which is which.
  6. A fascinating double-edged portrait of 1950s Los Angeles.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    As a mix of nonfiction and wafer-thin drama, however, it's a genial mess in which both elements emerge undercooked
  8. 60
    Beefcake's messiness has real charm, and its tribute to Mizer is both appropriately complicated and poignantly sexy.

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