Capote Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 29, 2005
Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2005
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 29, 2005
Skillfully and economically put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2005
I came in expecting Hoffman's tour de force and left with a fuller appreciation of the quiet yet lethal film around him. Lethal, because what it says about the writer's craft, about what often gets destroyed in the name of creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2005
It is complex and thoughtful and tragic in the end. And it is certainly one of the best movies of the year.
| Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 28, 2005
The best movie about journalism since All the President's Men, and one of the best films about writing ever made.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2005
This spare, uncompromising portrait not only examines what drove the author but delves into the ethics of journalists who identify with their subjects, or pretend to, in order to report their stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 21, 2005
The genius of the film, besides Hoffman's stunning performance, is that it knows exactly how much is enough. It never overplays, lingers or punches up.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 21, 2005
The great strength of Miller's film -- aside from Hoffman's brilliant portrayal -- is that it both tells the story behind Capote's masterpiece, the true-crime tale In Cold Blood, and serves as an homage to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 21, 2005
Engages both the practical and the moral implications of Capote's achievement.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 21, 2005
Hoffman ... has always been an actor whose performances, no matter how small, leave a permanent impression. But his portrayal of Capote is in an entirely different league.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 21, 2005
Capote might be the best movie ever made about the complex relationship between a serious writer and a vulnerable, though not guiltless, subject.
| Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 21, 2005
Hoffman and company make Capote well worth seeing. What makes the movie important is the way Capote exposes the work of journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 21, 2005
Capote is a film of uncommon strength and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 20, 2005
As entertaining as it is insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 20, 2005
It's about as close as film can come to capturing a man as he gradually loses all bearings and joy. At these moments, it's hard to look at Capote. But it's even harder to turn away.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2005
It is exceptional in every sharp-eyed, low-keyed detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 14, 2005
When it's good -- which is very often -- Capote remembers what Capote forgot: Beware the reporter who thinks he's the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 13, 2005
Miller's Capote, from a screenplay by Dan Futterman, has been rightly hailed for Philip Seymour Hoffman's uncanny reincarnation of the late Truman Capote.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 7, 2005
Capote is a surprisingly effective and satisfying effort. Hoffman's success in the role goes way beyond the rightness of his casting, just as the movie's triumph goes well beyond Hoffman's tour de force performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 5, 2005
A character study as brilliantly insidious as it is humane.
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 3, 2005
Small-scaled and limited, Capote is nevertheless the most intelligent, detailed, and absorbing film ever made about a writer's working method and character -- in this case, a mixed quiver of strength, guile, malice, and mendacity.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 3, 2005
It's a great film.
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AV Club
October 1, 2005
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October 1, 2005
Let me put this bluntly: Capote is, without a doubt, one of the best films of the year.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2005
It's Philip Seymour Hoffman who steals the show. Steals? He owns it outright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 30, 2005
The movie is both ruthlessly critical of its subject and unabashedly affectionate toward him, and Hoffman hits every note so it rings true.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 30, 2005
Hoffman delivers a thrilling and profound Oscar-caliber performance that will haunt viewers well after the movie is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 30, 2005
A devastating portrait of genius and narcissism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2005
Hoffman captures what is presented as an astonishing capacity for insinuation and connects it to a deep personal understanding of the basic human need for connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 29, 2005
An absorbing, emotionally challenging movie out of the dubious process (in terms of dramatic potential) of literary legwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2005
I don't think I've ever seen another performance based on a famous artist that was as psychologically acute or troubling.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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September 29, 2005
Hoffman goes beyond the surface mannerisms and diction. He disappears into Capote.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2005
It teases, fascinates, and haunts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 27, 2005
Bennett Miller's film is a fascinating and fine-grained reconstruction of the period in which Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 27, 2005
Acting doesn't get much better than Philip Seymour Hoffman's acid-etched -- yet oddly poetic -- portrait of Truman Capote.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 27, 2005
[Capote] will demand recognition at next year's Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 22, 2005
Hoffman's unmissable and unforgettable performance as Truman Capote should make him the front-runner for every Best Actor prize in the book.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 21, 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman gets it perfect in Capote, with a star turn both meteoric and mesmerizing. This is not an example of a fine actor bringing charisma to a movie. Lock, stock and barrel, he is the movie.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2005
An exceptional movie that digs deeply into an artist at the height of his creativity.
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David Rooney
Variety
September 6, 2005
The mesmerizing performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman as the celebrated writer dominates every scene, while director Bennett Miller and screenwriter Dan Futterman's penetrating study enthralls in every aspect.