Bruce Fretts
November 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dirty Pictures

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
performer
James Woods, Matt North, Diana Scarwid, Craig T. Nelson
director
Frank Pierson
distributor
Showtime Networks Inc.
author
Ilene Chaiken
broadcaster
Showtime Networks Inc.
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Reenacting the real-life case of a Cincinnati curator (Woods) prosecuted on obscenity charges for displaying an exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photos, the made-for-Showtime docudrama Dirty Pictures constitutes a convincing civics lesson in the importance of protecting the First Amendment. What the filmmakers don’t seem to realize is that — given the audience will consist of people interested in watching a movie called Dirty Pictures — they’re preaching to the converted. B-

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