Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Dec 5, 2013
    75
    Director Mark Mori, whose last feature documentary was the 1991 exposé “Building Bombs,” does an entertaining job of conveying Page’s entire life in her own words and illustrating why she has become a worldwide symbol of liberated sexuality.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 27, 2013
    80
    [A] highly watchable portrait.
  3. 88
    We’re taken back to a naive era, when the boundaries of “smut” were narrower, when even the images of an unlikely “adult” star (she never did sex films or “real” porn) seem now like good, clean fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Dec 5, 2013
    75
    Page, who died in 2008 in Los Angeles at the age of 85, makes for a blunt but engaging narrator who’s refreshingly candid about sex and her own inner demons.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Why does the movie waste so much time on empty adoration from celebrity fans and skim past the significant tragedies that contributed to her complex life? Parental neglect, sexual assault, severe mental illness — all of these factors shaped the woman Page became. But perhaps even today, no one wants to consider the sadness behind her 1,000-watt smile.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Nov 22, 2013
    75
    In one of Hugh Hefner’s least creepy moments ever, he describes how they became friends later in life; with his help, she finally obtained the legal rights to her rampantly used image.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Nov 22, 2013
    75
    That she continues to invite not just Beyoncé and Katy Perry but millions of adoring men and women along for the ride is icing on the cake.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 5, 2013
    75
    Bettie Page Reveals All earns its title from more than the uncensored images it includes.
  9. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Nov 22, 2013
    63
    She is an engaging guide, humorous and honest, cynical and wise, with that same sense of innocent joy in her own fame that translated into in photos.
  10. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 5, 2013
    50
    Only when it makes the claim for Page as a pivotal figure in American culture does it overstate the case and become tiresome.
  11. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Nov 19, 2013
    50
    Mark Mori goes a bit overboard in hammering home his appreciation of Bettie Page's significance, allowing the film to occasionally lapse into repetitiveness.
  12. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 26, 2013
    70
    After watching Bettie Page Reveals All, even longtime devotees may not be able to look at one of her pictures again without hearing her voice, remembering her story, and appreciating her joy all the more.
  13. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 22, 2013
    60
    Page's no-regrets spirit and the enraptured testimonials from those who knew her in her prime (including some swooning ex-lovers) overpowers clumsy filmmaking.
  14. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 21, 2013
    60
    No life is seamless, and not every biographical portrait needs to be, but this one is so riddled with awkward transitions, including on the soundtrack, that it tends to lurch distractingly, as if Mr. Mori were still trying to figure out how to piece the whole thing together.
  15. Reviewed by:  Diana Drumm
    Nov 25, 2013
    58
    This film has all of the pieces to be a great and thorough documentary (a cult turned popular subject, new and old footage, interviews with admirers, friends and colleagues, authorization by the lady herself), but misses the mark.
  16. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Nov 20, 2013
    60
    It has a somewhat routine midlevel-cable-production feel. But the content is engaging, and the use of old movie clips to illustrate biographical details... is amusing.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 19, 2013
    70
    Mori — director of the 1991 documentary Building Bombs — assembles the information here with clarity and sensitivity.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 12, 2013
    63
    Despite Page’s excellent voiceover, “Bettie Page” suffers from embarrassingly choppy editing and a parade of stock film clips used to illustrate episodes recounted by its subject.
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  1. Dec 8, 2013
    5
    Poorly executed but OH so informative, BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL won't change the world in terms of filmmaking but the subject matter and Page's influence on pop culture is so important that you will be immersed. It's wonderful to hear Page's own voice and recollections but the really great doc about Page is still yet to come. We'll wait but in the meantime we do have BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL which is a nice try at best. Full Review »