Notorious (2009)



Critic Consensus: A biopic that lacks the luster of its subject, Notorious is generic rise-and-fall fare that still functions as a primer for those less familiar with the work and life of the hip hop icon.

Movie Info

"Notorious" centers on the life of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G, from his beginnings as a Brooklyn crack dealer to East Coast hip-hop sensation.

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity and for drug use)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Reginald Blythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Cheo Hodari Coker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 21, 2009
Box Office: $36.7M
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as The Notorious B.I.G.

as Voletta Wallace

as Sean Combs

as Faith Evans

as Tupac Shakur

as Damion 'D-Roc' Butle...

as Suge Knight

as Mister Cee

as Det. Farelli

as Biggie (age 8-13)
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Critic Reviews for Notorious

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (42)

This film knows the lyrics, but not the music.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Absent the actual music, Notorious would be a lot worse.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Film Threat

Though it never quite devolves into pure hagiography, the film's central tale of crack dealer made good is sometimes a little too hokey for its own good.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

Notorious is a tribute the rapper's contribution to pop culture.

Full Review… | July 7, 2009

You've heard of laundering money? Well, this film biography of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has all the earmarks of--not monetary but morality cleansing.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
Cinema Signals

While it's now less a case of race than class in black film, Notorious seems to still be taking tabloid cues more from alien ghetto underclass drama and what's come before, rather than bringing new and improved insight to the table beyond the cool music.

Full Review… | April 11, 2009

Audience Reviews for Notorious

Biopics are difficult to make and typically flawed, rushing through stages of the person's life and focusing on pointless incidents at times. Notorious falls victim to this but for the most part it was pretty good. The casting in terms of resemblance to the portrayed characters is solid, except for 2pac. The quality of the acting at times is inconsistent but mostly above average. The good's and bad's of rap biopics are fun to watch.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


Along the lines of 8 mile. this movie tells a story while it connects you with the main character. Even tho you know whats going to happen to him in the begining I still was interested in his like and what would happen to him...The music what very good, altho im not reall a fan of hardcore rap. I can see the appeal of it. I just have to be in the right mood to see it. This movie has some very strong performances as well.

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

I don't care too much for rap, but a good biop is always fun. B.I.G. seemed like a pretty big douche, but it made for an interesting story.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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