Capote Reviews

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Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
February 7, 2006
Hoffman is technically flawless in recreating the look, the voice and the mannerisms, but it's more than that. What he's doing approaches the supernatural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2006
The picture is filled with unusually fine performances, but the one at its center (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the most serenely astonishing performance of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 6, 2006
Starts w/great promise, but eventually imprisons in the same languishing peril suffered by its main character. Still, Catherine Keener is smashing as Nelle Harper Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
February 3, 2006
it does a capable job of capturing a time and place, bringing to life several unforgettable personalities and illustrating the moral self-loathing of a writer whose real-life subject must die before he has a decent ending to his book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 2, 2006
a melancholy, stunning portrait of a man who (is) simultaneously writing his masterpiece and carving his tombstone.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 22, 2006
Never will there be another author like "Capote."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 16, 2006
Even pre-biased to adore Hoffman, I was surprised and delighted by his nuanced performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 16, 2006
Capote is the movie that will make Philip Seymour Hoffman a star, while posthumously turning the man it was named after into a monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 7, 2006
Hoffman's Capote, in any situation, in any company, is always himself, irresistible, infuriating, and ultimately inscrutable beneath the carefully calibrated veneer that could just as easily hide a heart too easily bruised or one made entirely of ice
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 5, 2006
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 28, 2005
I was impressed with Hoffman's ability to so ably play someone so often imitated but never as good as in this performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 28, 2005
Hoffman deserves the Academy Award. ... But screenwriter Dan Futterman should also receive recognition for penning a provocative work.
| Original Score: A-
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 24, 2005
At once unmistakable and over-calculated, Hoffman's performance, like the movie, feels like an act.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
December 13, 2005
Often perversely entertaining, even if its core is dark, dark, dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Dale
December 11, 2005
[W]hatever advantage the moviemakers gain from their knowing detachment [from their impish, narcissistic protagonist] is discounted by the fact that they take for granted the greatness of In Cold Blood.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 8, 2005
One of 2005's best movies, with a performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote that right now is the one to beat in the pending awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 6, 2005
Capote, a brilliantly tense and disquieting film, covers only six years in the life of writer Truman Capote - - yet it brilliantly employs those years to convey Capote's conflicted essence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 2, 2005
Despite Capote's easygoing pace, the movie is intriguing and difficult to ignore, sort of like the author himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 2, 2005
Hoffman finally gets the leading role he deserves, and he nails it perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
November 29, 2005
The rarest of films that is not only superbly crafted in its own right but that also illuminates and expands upon our perception of another work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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