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  • Summary: This documentary examines the facts and legends surrounding the life of male porn superstar John Holmes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Disarmingly intelligent if scattered documentary.
  2. A relatively straightforward portrait of Holmes, using interviews with family members, friends, wives, X-film producers and his former co-stars.
  3. A fairly tough-minded film until the end, when several commentators who have been critical suddenly turn misty-eyed and suggest that underneath it all, Holmes was really a sweetie.
  4. Fascinatingly, many of the interviewees disagree vehemently about Holmes' personality: some of his co-stars and colleagues found him repellently abusive and selfish.
  5. 60
    Filled with people who cut Holmes more slack than he deserved.
  6. 60
    Holmes's story isn't pretty, but it's fascinating, in no small part because the people Paley interviews offer a glimpse into a brief time when making porn was an act of rebellion that attracted a diverse and eccentric group of filmmakers and performers.
  7. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    60
    Fans of the famed porn star, who died of AIDS in 1988, will want to catch this exhaustive 1998 video biography.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JeffM.
    Jul 6, 2006
    6
    Doesn't really get interesting until it deals with his involvement with Wonderland murders. Most of it plays like an extended A&E Doesn't really get interesting until it deals with his involvement with Wonderland murders. Most of it plays like an extended A&E Biography, zooming in and out on the same stock photos numerous times. Expand

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