Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the 20th century most controversial and provocative photographers. He is especially famous for his black and white, composed studio images, often with homoerotic motifs or flowers. This film portrays Mapplethorpe, considered to be an icon in the gay community as well as in art context, and different people from his life provide their thoughts, including Patti Smith and Debbie Harry. Malin Krutmeijer rates the film 4 out of 5 and writes in Sydsvenskan: "Overall, this is a beautiful movie. It could be tightened up a bit more, but it paints an open, fascinating portrait of both a sensitive and tough artist and his pictures. Mapplethorpe's big sister calls his famous brother ‘an imp’. "A satyr," says others. He himself says in a gritty interview that he hopes people will also see the humor in his pictures. Today we may be ready."