Capote

Capote

90%
  • R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bennett Miller
    In Theaters:
    Sep 30, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 14, 2006
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Capote
    2 minutes 5 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Capote Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 5, 2006
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

October 29, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 29, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Skillfully and economically put together.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

October 28, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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

October 28, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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

October 28, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 21, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 21, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Engages both the practical and the moral implications of Capote's achievement.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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

October 21, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Hoffman and company make Capote well worth seeing. What makes the movie important is the way Capote exposes the work of journalism.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Capote is a film of uncommon strength and insight.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 21, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As entertaining as it is insightful.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 20, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

October 20, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It is exceptional in every sharp-eyed, low-keyed detail.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 20, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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When it's good -- which is very often -- Capote remembers what Capote forgot: Beware the reporter who thinks he's the story.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 14, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 13, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 7, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A character study as brilliantly insidious as it is humane.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 5, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

October 3, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a great film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 3, 2005

AV Club
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October 1, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Let me put this bluntly: Capote is, without a doubt, one of the best films of the year.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 1, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's Philip Seymour Hoffman who steals the show. Steals? He owns it outright.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 30, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The movie is both ruthlessly critical of its subject and unabashedly affectionate toward him, and Hoffman hits every note so it rings true.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 30, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Hoffman delivers a thrilling and profound Oscar-caliber performance that will haunt viewers well after the movie is over.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

September 30, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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A devastating portrait of genius and narcissism.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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An absorbing, emotionally challenging movie out of the dubious process (in terms of dramatic potential) of literary legwork.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 29, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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I don't think I've ever seen another performance based on a famous artist that was as psychologically acute or troubling.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

September 29, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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Hoffman goes beyond the surface mannerisms and diction. He disappears into Capote.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 29, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It teases, fascinates, and haunts.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 28, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

September 27, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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

September 27, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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[Capote] will demand recognition at next year's Oscars.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

September 22, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 21, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An exceptional movie that digs deeply into an artist at the height of his creativity.

September 12, 2005
David Rooney
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 6, 2005
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