• Trumbo
    2 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: May 21, 2008


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Trumbo Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The silver lining to 13 years of being blacklisted are all those incredible letters that we can now enjoy for their deft but basic truths.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B+

May 26, 2013
Bill Gibron

Like the great artist he is Trumbo's work speaks as loudly today as it did 50 years ago. Perhaps we should all listen.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/5

September 13, 2009
Jennifer Merin

A portrait of Dalton Trumbo, the writer who defied HUAC. Joan Allen, Paul Giamatti, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn and Donald Sutherland, among others, read excerpts from Trumbo's letters. Moving and compelling. Must see.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

May 27, 2009
Stan Hall

Does a fine job of showing the emotional and financial toll the decadelong blacklist (plus a year's imprisonment for contempt of Congress) took on Trumbo and his family as he tried to scrape by writing anonymously.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 9, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
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The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.

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November 10, 2008
John Anderson
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The film is an enlightening recap of '50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo's speeches and letters.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Patrick Z. McGavin
Screen International

Trumbo is hurt by an unwillingness to actually explore Trumbo's own politics and delve into his actual beliefs about communism, Stalin or Marxist ideology.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Robert Koehler
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It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
James Rocchi

An amazing primer on how to stand by your principles even as the unprincipled knock you around.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

October 18, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a pleasure to meet a truly moral man in a documentary that rightly heralds his name.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A ousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

As the story of a fierce, beleaguered individualist, 'Trumbo' is stirring and informative, though perhaps not as thorough as it could be.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2008
Sarah Boslaugh

Dalton Trumbo showed that it was possible, even within the Hollywood system, to deal seriously with issues like freedom and personal responsibility.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

September 19, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Although it glosses over a few relevant details, Trumbo also functions as a passionate defense of truth from a writer who embodied all of the virtues that America claims to value.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 12, 2008
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Of all the many narrative films and documentaries that have been made about the Hollywood blacklist, none has more intimately captured what it must have been like to live through that sordid time.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

September 11, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This biography is celebratory to a fault. There is scant context about the history and political climate that led to the blacklist.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Trumbo was initiated by two of Trumbo's children, but their attempt to personalize the film isn't quite personal enough.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2008
Beverly Berning

... a beautifully directed and passionate homage to the dignity of one man against the indignity of the times.

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August 19, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A celebration of a large-hearted contrarian, and if it's over-worshipful, the film gets you in an indulgent frame of mind.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Askin's dramatic camera angles are somewhat awkward, but the superb performances and the words eventually win out.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2008
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