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  • Summary: The world's greatest pinup model and cult icon, Bettie Page, recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America's sexual revolution.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  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. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2014
    3
    I did not know Bettie Page before this movie. And I've gotta admit I admire her courage and personality. But the movie itself felt really repetitive and dull. Expand

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