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Capote Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 3, 2005
There's an interesting story here, but it's far more likely captured in Capote's book than in this inconsistent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 13, 2005
Like Charlize Theron in Monster, Hoffman delivers an Oscar worthy performance, in a non-Oscar worthy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
Aims for starkness but ends up as tastefulness
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2005
What's missing here is the reason anyone would want to watch a film about Capote: his writing talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
November 2, 2005
Dull. "The Tiny Terror" is presented as uninteresting and a watered-down passive-aggressive writer for our PC consumption.
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Rob Gonsalves
January 31, 2008
Hoffman tries, but mainly just gets the surface of Capote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 23, 2005
Hoffman's convincing characterization with wispy tonality of voice, effeminate manner, and social wit is not accompanied by a narrative content to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance and the subject matter are worth watching... but the movie's intensity never reaches the dramatic level of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
September 13, 2005
A biopic of his life could make an interesting 90 minute movie. A film about a short period he spent writing his famous book makes a slow, uninteresting 110 minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
...too willing to reduce its subject to one defining moment. Neither Hoffman nor Miller gives you anything to read between the lines.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 1, 2005
At the center of this treatment as well as its human subject, there is a coldness around the heart.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 18, 2005
Suggests rather moralistically that Capote's cold-blooded behavior contributed to his artistic and physical decline, as if he could have been saved by Dr. Phil or a hug.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 11, 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman disappears into the title role, yet the movie is fundamentally superfluous
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 17, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 20, 2005
Sexy in a ghoulish way when it fails to be sexy in a revelatory way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 2, 2005
Restrained in its presentation and dogged in its attention to detail, this is one terrific film with several outstanding performances highlighted by Hoffman in the lead role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 28, 2005
A meditation on the artist's obligations to the art and to society and lines that blur when you cross them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
February 25, 2006
Kenneth Turan
NPR's Morning Edition
December 30, 2006
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AV Club
October 1, 2005

Boston Phoenix
October 15, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 29, 2005
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Sydney Morning Herald
February 24, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

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September 28, 2006

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