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Capote (2005)

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

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.

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
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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.

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The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small degree of celebrity for his work when he read a short newspaper item about a multiple murder in a small Kansas town. For some reason, the story fascinated Capote, and he asked William Shawn (Bob

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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.

January 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Skillfully and economically put together.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A meditation on the artist's obligations to the art and to society and lines that blur when you cross them.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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Aims for starkness but ends up as tastefulness

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The Passion of Truman Capote

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

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

January 31, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (3)
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

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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.

August 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
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.

April 17, 2006 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A quiet but hypnotic film that earns its nominations.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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 "

March 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Moviehole
Moviehole

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

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

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

February 28, 2006 Full Review
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.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
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.

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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

February 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

And the Oscar goes to.....

February 14, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

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

February 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

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

February 10, 2006 Full Review

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.
February 9, 2014
MovieGeek13

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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.
June 5, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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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.
September 13, 2012
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.
August 7, 2012
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    1. Truman Capote: ...and I will never get over it.
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