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Capote (2005)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 163
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Philip Seymour Hoffman's riveting central performance guides a well-constructed retelling of the most sensational and significant period in author Truman Capote's life.

Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 43
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Philip Seymour Hoffman's riveting central performance guides a well-constructed retelling of the most sensational and significant period in author Truman Capote's life.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 114,221

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Movie Info

On assignment to write an article for 'The New Yorker,' Truman Capote traveled to a small Kansas town, where he began to investigate and report on the gruesome murder of a local family. At first leery of the writer, the townsfolk come to trust Capote and allow him into their lives, giving him his story.

Rating:
R (for some violent images and brief strong language)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 14, 2006
Box Office:
$28.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Capote

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (18) | DVD (29)

Capote is a cool and polished hall of mirrors reflecting the ways in which Truman Capote came to write (and be written by) In Cold Blood.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession.

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Skillfully and economically put together.

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The almost perfectly realized Capote -- stumbling only in the lack of shading it gives Keener's and Greenwood's characters -- offers a sobering glimpse at what the author had to give up of his soul to achieve his success.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A meditation on the artist's obligations to the art and to society and lines that blur when you cross them.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a fully realized look at a time and place as well as a riveting study of career obsessions warring with a sense of justice.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

In a career that has seen actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman play a vast array of characters (and very well at that), Hoffman has found the role of a lifetime which he delivers with uncanny precision.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Aims for starkness but ends up as tastefulness

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
CinePassion

The Passion of Truman Capote

Full Review… | May 17, 2008

Hoffman tries, but mainly just gets the surface of Capote.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008
eFilmCritic.com

I am aware that virtually every critic in America if not on the planet has lauded Hoffman's portrayal of the author and that I am in the minority. Watching Hoffman I felt something primal was missing from his interpretation ... To my mind, Hoffman's work

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

...the one award I'm sure it will win, Best Actor for Hoffman

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

a milestone in modern acting, and quite fascinating in any number of ways, particularly its depiction of the minutiae of the writer's life.

Full Review… | August 20, 2006
Cinema Writer

all kinds of of ambitions -- noble and otherwise --converge; where self-doubt is less a necessary editor than an objection to be overcome.

Full Review… | April 17, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A quiet but hypnotic film that earns its nominations.

Full Review… | March 14, 2006
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The performance you'll see in "Capote" is easily the best of the year. actually, the best of any year. It's one of those turns that'll be remembered for years to come, up with Welles in "Citizen Kane", Brando in "The Godfather", Nicholson in "

Full Review… | March 5, 2006
Moviehole

Estupendo retrato de una personalidad compleja y fascinante que vale por sí mismo, más allá de la formidable caracterización de Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
Uruguay Total

Hoffman's conspicuously dapper turn as Capote shouldn't overshadow the murky, pervasively tense work of director Bennett Miller.

Full Review… | February 28, 2006
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Sometimes movie biographies (even when dealing with fascinating people) are dry and familiar. Capote, on the other hand, is full of life.

Full Review… | February 26, 2006
Aisle Seat

Seymour da la actuación de su carrera, reviviendo el intelectualismo, la homosexualidad y el estilo corrosivo de uno de los más grandes narradores de Estados Unidos.

Full Review… | February 26, 2006
Cinenganos

Hoffman is terrific in the lead role, brilliantly capturing Capote's unusual, high pitched voice and camp mannerisms, while also hinting at the calculating darkness of the man within.

Full Review… | February 23, 2006
ViewLondon

Philip Seymour Hoffman encarna as várias facetas do personagem com delicadeza exemplar.

Full Review… | February 19, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Grounded in a superb screenplay, the film is entirely in the hand of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote, a remarkable performance that dares to dangle over the precipice of overstatement to capture a character who defies fiction.

Full Review… | February 18, 2006
Urban Cinefile

And the Oscar goes to.....

Full Review… | February 14, 2006
jackiekcooper.com

...a multi-layered performance by Hoffman...guide[s] the movie rather than a clear-cut narrative...

Full Review… | February 13, 2006
Scene-Stealers.com

A powerful, unsympathetic, no-frills portrayal of how steady moral decay corroded Capote's powers of expression.

Full Review… | February 10, 2006

Audience Reviews for Capote

The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman gives the best performance of his career. The film follows the writing process of Truman Capote as he researches and gathers info for his book, In Cold Blood. Along the way, he becomes connected with those he is researching and realizes how must he relates to them. A deeply emotional masterpiece that works both as a character study and psychological thriller.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

½

Hoffman plays an its-the-end-of-days-but-we're-still-very-civilized attention whore who discovers a way to get noticed all w/o reading the warning "objects in mirror are closer than they appear". Hoffman is beyond superb and Keener proves she can really shine if given space and a intelligent script.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

From first frame to last, this is an extraordinary film. I advise you actually read 'In Cold Blood' before you see the it, but even if you don't you can appreciate this solid movie. Phillip Seymour Hoffman definitely deserves the Oscar, and there are great performances from the rest of the cast as well. The film is so superbly shot that the cinematography alone entrenches you in the experience. Deserving of all its praise, 'Capote' is a true crime film for the ages.

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Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was the best part and thats why he won the oscar. Thats also why nothing else won an oscar that year as well. There are no real redeeming qualities because the story is cold and brittle.

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paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

Capote Quotes


Truman Capote:
...and I will never get over it.
– Submitted by Jesse K (2 years ago)

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