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  • Summary: Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jul 11, 2013
    80
    “Portrait” abounds in the sort of ironies and contrasts that can make a biodoc fascinating even to auds totally unfamiliar with its subject.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    The movie is itself rough around the edges, notably in some chintzy attempts at animating pulp graphics. But it's briskly pieced together from interviews and archival footage.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 17, 2013
    70
    After an unpromising beginning, Iceberg Slim develops into a thorny, engaging exploration of the strange twilight and late-in-life fame of a bona fide American outlaw.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 16, 2013
    60
    Beck’s widow, his ex-wife and three daughters paint the man as someone whose success only complicated his life, estranging him from his family and eventually saddling him with crippling inertia. Pimping ain’t easy, but going straight is no picnic, either.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    Beck expressed dismay that “Pimp” was taken as a glamorization of his life, and not a warning. By omitting the experiences of the women who worked for him, the filmmakers risk the same thing.
  6. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    Though directed with some flourishes, including a riveting use of music and attractive animated pulp art, the film is weighed down by the testimony of bespectacled professors from hip critical studies and English departments and a psychologist.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 14, 2013
    30
    Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary.

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