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Notorious Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B-

February 14, 2012
Clay Cane

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

July 7, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

A big, bad bundle of biopic cliches, a glitzy whitewash filled with wince-inducing dialogue and propelled by a smug, from-beyond-the-grave voiceover.

Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick

March 2, 2009
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]

A swaggering delve into the life of the biggest of all rappers.

Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

It isn't the most subtle movie, with characters constantly spelling out the big message - in order to change the world, you first have to change yourself.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

February 19, 2009

Daily Record [UK]

For his legions of fans there's nothing new to discover about their flawed, but musically gifted, hero in a movie that, for them at least, will only serve to add to his legend.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2009
Xan Brooks
Guardian [UK]

Now in blows the myth of the myth: a brashly entertaining biopic.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2009

Sun Online

Fans of Biggie will find a thrill in watching Jamal Woolard bring him back to life after death.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2009
Leigh Singer

Notorious is undeniably entertaining and Woolard's excellent, but ultimately the film buys a little too much into hip hop's frequent misogyny and Wallace's enforced sainthood.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

It's ultimately a generic music biopic.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

A fitfully fascinating rise-and-demise yarn that will probably leave hip-hop fans underwhelmed while also alienating middlebrow audiences hoping for an inspirational night out.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009

Maxim [UK]

Although guilty of assuming too much pre-knowledge on the viewer's part, it's a solid rap opus that snarls down Eminem's 8 Mile with heavyweight confidence.

Full Review Source: Maxim [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Before giving in to sentiment, the film struggles to make us like this talented man who never quite grew up.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009
Matthew Turner

A watchable, if admittedly one-sided, biopic with a handful of strong performances, though it rarely scratches the surface of its subject and wears out its welcome long before the end.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2009
Victor Olliver

Jamal Woolard is an inspired piece of casting in the title role, not disguising sweetness behind the macho and arrogant gangsta facade.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 7/10

February 12, 2009
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)

the first drama about a hip-hop star's personal and professional life, rather than the culture itself, and it is worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Gazette (MD) | Original Score: 3/5

February 9, 2009
Stephen Silver
The Trend

Even though it brings little that's new or innovative to the table, "Notorious" is a must for anyone even moderately interested in the history of hip-hop in the 1990s.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 31, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
H Magazine

Notorious manages to convey what made both "Biggie" and Christopher Wallace so memorable, in the process introducing the man and his music to a whole new generation of fans.

January 26, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's always interesting to watch real life unfold.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2009
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Notorious is a well-made, compelling, and ultimately humane film, even if you don't like rap music.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 20, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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