| Original Score: B+
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a pleasure to meet a truly moral man in a documentary that rightly heralds his name.
| Original Score: 3/4
A ousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This biography is celebratory to a fault. There is scant context about the history and political climate that led to the blacklist.
A celebration of a large-hearted contrarian, and if it's over-worshipful, the film gets you in an indulgent frame of mind.
It is oddly pleasant to know that such a man once existed.
Trumbo is well worth seeing for what it tells us about the age in which this irrepressible individualist lived, loved, suffered and finally triumphed.
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.
What kind of international revolutionary whines about his family being made unwelcome among the tykes of the bourgeoisie?
| Original Score: 1/4
Using Trumbo's letters, statements, speeches and scripts, director Peter Askin creates a rich portrait of a cantankerous, principled man of words.
| Original Score: 3/5
Trumbo is an unconventional film about an unconventional man.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Family home movies and photos and archival clips round out the film, which holds its hero-worshiping to fairly tolerable levels.
Peter Askin's stirring documentary Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: A-
Balancing the political and the personal is a smart idea, though the resulting togglethon ends up being the uneasiest of marriages.
| Original Score: 3/6
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.