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  • Summary: A look at the battles Hugh Hefner fought over the years against the U.S. government, the religious right, and militant feminists.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
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  1. 80
    If your sole image of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is that of a lanky, silk-jammied sybarite strolling the grounds of his mansion with a jiggling blond on either arm, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel will knock your socks off.
  2. As for the man who invented it all, he remains a mystery in the film, living out his days in sybaritic bliss.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Watching the film is like reading Playboy for the articles.
  4. 50
    A very mixed bag. Despite some faint gestures in the direction of journalistic balance, it plays a lot like a two-hour infomercial for the Playboy publisher's historical importance, philosophical depth and personal greatness.
  5. 50
    One wants to find enlightenment - or at least entertainment - in this reconsideration of Playboy and of Hefner. But it's tainted.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    This fawning docu goes to lengths to portray the octogenarian Playboy magazine founder as among the greatest figures of 20th-century American popular culture, while only cursorily acknowledging his status as a pioneering softcore pornographer.
  7. A proper profile of Hefner would start and end with sex, and not merely glance on casualties like Dorothy Stratten (and even the loveless Hef himself). The movie can't seem to get it up.

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