| Original Score: B-
Notorious is a tribute the rapper's contribution to pop culture.
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.
A swaggering delve into the life of the biggest of all rappers.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Now in blows the myth of the myth: a brashly entertaining biopic.
Fans of Biggie will find a thrill in watching Jamal Woolard bring him back to life after death.
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.
It's ultimately a generic music biopic.
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.
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.
Before giving in to sentiment, the film struggles to make us like this talented man who never quite grew up.
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.
Jamal Woolard is an inspired piece of casting in the title role, not disguising sweetness behind the macho and arrogant gangsta facade.
| Original Score: 7/10
the first drama about a hip-hop star's personal and professional life, rather than the culture itself, and it is worthwhile.
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
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.
It's always interesting to watch real life unfold.
| Original Score: 3/4
Notorious is a well-made, compelling, and ultimately humane film, even if you don't like rap music.
| Original Score: 3.5/4