(1998)

Critic Reviews

52

Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
Fanciful and highly entertaining docudrama.
67
There's an undeniable energy, originality and -- most hearteningly -- optimism here that makes Beefcake well worth your time, shortcomings and all.
63
Boston Globe
It leaves you with an odd, sweet-and-sour taste - nostalgia painted in pastel colors, streaked with black smears.
60
Variety
As a mix of nonfiction and wafer-thin drama, however, it's a genial mess in which both elements emerge undercooked
60
Los Angeles Times
An illuminating and engrossing look at the life and times of pioneer Los Angeles physique photographer Bob Mizer
50
Film.com
Like the melancholy remininces of an old relative who lived through an exciting, even harrowing time, but no longer possesses the mental faculties to really flesh out the tale they're spinning.
50
New York Daily News
This movie's attempt to reinvent Mizer as a First Amendment hero isn't as effective as its triumphant display of beefcake, which is, after all, the movie's raison d'etre.
40
Chicago Reader
Ultimately this is a sharp-focus issue movie, decrying intolerance as it explores the effects of labeling, the complexity of fetishizing, and the differences between business and crime.
38
New York Post
A campy docu-drama about the secretly gay world of 1950's muscle magazines.
20
L.A. Weekly
Dull, tacky docudrama

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