“A revealing portrait of the freedom-fighting man beneath the silk pajamas.”
– The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Rechtshaffen
“This exceptional doc about Hugh Hefner and the ascent of liberalism celebrates both the iconic Playboy founder and the receding of taboos and prejudice over the past half century … slick and sublime.”
– Film Journal International
“slick and sublime … will rivet viewers of every age and persuasion who value human rights, respect for human nature, and the unexpected from┬áhuman genius.”
– Dors Toumarkine, Film Journal International
“This film does not shy away from controversy … we are able to gain an insight into who Hefner really is, what makes him tick … must-see.”
– Herb Krohn, Seattle Gay News
“RIVETING … chock full of star interviews.”
– Sun Media
“seamless, eye-opening entertainment”
– Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
“You really really should see the documentary, ‘Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel’ by Oscar-winning producer/director Brigitte Berman.”
– Kelly O, The Stranger (Seattle)
“I was watching ‘Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel’ when a thought occurred to me. Has there been a more influential person over the past century? … Check out the documentary … it’s worth a watch.”
“Put your preconceived notions aside for a moment with regards to octogenarian ueber playboy Hugh Hefner … The film humanizes Hefner in a way no one has attempted to do before on the big screen.”
– KJ Matthews,
“fascinating documentary … epic look into the life of the world’s most famous playboy.”
– Fandango Movie Blog
“Even Hef’s harshest critics will be hard-pressured to deny that if there had been no Hef, America would be a much different place today … It’s up to you to decide whether we are better or worse for Mr. Hefner having appeared on our landscape. But you should see the movie and then decide.”
“This could be the documentary of the year.”
“… immensely entertaining, revealing and packed with lively commentary and fascinating clips … thoroughly involving.”
– Wolf Entertainment Guide
“Berman reveals the paradoxical elements of Hefner’s life without commenting on them personally. The result is fascinating … her film deftly peels off the different layers of Hefner’s personality.”
– Michel Beaudry, Pique Newsmagazine
“Love him or hate him, you won’t want to miss this illuminating deconstruction of one of the 20th century’s most interesting, colourful, and influential characters.”
“honest and undeniably fascinating”
– 944
“This is an extraordinary documentary about a misunderstood man.”
– Movie Entertainment Magazine


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