Trumbo

Trumbo

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

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Trumbo Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 10, 2008
Robert Koehler
Variety
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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
John Anderson
Newsday
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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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
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
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
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
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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It is oddly pleasant to know that such a man once existed.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

July 21, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Trumbo is well worth seeing for what it tells us about the age in which this irrepressible individualist lived, loved, suffered and finally triumphed.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 9, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The substance of those letters, along with documentary footage and a touching appearance by Kirk Douglas, throws a baleful light on a bleak chapter of American history.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 1, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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What kind of international revolutionary whines about his family being made unwelcome among the tykes of the bourgeoisie?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

June 27, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Using Trumbo's letters, statements, speeches and scripts, director Peter Askin creates a rich portrait of a cantankerous, principled man of words.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 27, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Trumbo is an unconventional film about an unconventional man.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 27, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Family home movies and photos and archival clips round out the film, which holds its hero-worshiping to fairly tolerable levels.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

June 27, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Peter Askin's stirring documentary Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 27, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Trumbo emerges as a son's bittersweet valentine to his old man, and a tribute to the senior Trumbo's resilience, wit, and outrage in the face of a national disgrace.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

June 26, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Balancing the political and the personal is a smart idea, though the resulting togglethon ends up being the uneasiest of marriages.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

June 26, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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The readings of Dalton Trumbo's letters to family and friends are starkly rendered-famous faces...recite rousing missives without the aid of sets or props of any kind save for Trumbo's own thunderous proclamations in defense of free speech.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 25, 2008

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 10, 2007
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