Foxcatcher Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 5, 2015
There's just no life in the film: aiming for a tone of studied foreboding, Bennett Miller instead sucks all the energy from his story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 19, 2014
Director Bennett Miller ("Capote," "Moneyball") has a fascinating story here and he knows it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 18, 2014
Watch this film for the performances: Tatum and Ruffalo finding new ground in familiar personas; Carell immersing himself into the mindset of a troubled man ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 18, 2014
Foxcatcher is too cold of a movie to love, but that chilliness is intentional and transfixing, a parable about the darkest corners of the minds of damaged men that dares to whisper instead of shout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 18, 2014
If you're willing to be thrown for a loop, you're in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 4, 2014
Carell is immersed in the role, completely convincing. Tatum also is outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 28, 2014
The triumph of Foxcatcher is not in the subject but in its art. The clear-eyed compassion and moral intelligence of Miller's film brings sense to the senseless, and finds the human pulse behind the tabloid shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 28, 2014
What Miller and his team have wrought with Foxcatcher is a spellbinding portrait of desire and loneliness, which so often manifests itself in hollow victories and violent acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
November 26, 2014
You want to know where it's headed. But the movie is so chiseled down and sculpted that even once it gets there (you know when), it's unclear that it's earned it.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 26, 2014
We expect expert acting from Ruffalo, and we get it, but the secret hero of "Foxcatcher" - and the performance you keep coming back to - is Channing Tatum as Mark, a lost boy in the skin of a brute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 25, 2014
The year's best cast, including a phenomenal Carell, makes up for slow pacing in the latest drama from the director of "Capote."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 25, 2014
It's too bad then that the film...doesn't live up to Carell's memorable performance. As chilly as du Pont's mansion on a winter's night, Foxcatcher never quite comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 25, 2014
"Foxcatcher" is a warped, oppressive landmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2014
Even if you don't know the details of this real-life, late-20th-century tragedy, director Bennett Miller's masterfully observed psychological study is imbued with a sense of an inevitable, catastrophic meltdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 20, 2014
The fatherhood issues fueling the tension among Mark (Channing Tatum), Dave (Mark Ruffalo), and du Pont (a creepy, completely unrecognizable Steve Carell) are muted but powerfully realized.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 20, 2014
The story here may have been worth a movie, but it's so diluted over a long and repetitive 134 minutes that's it's really hard to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2014
At its core, "Foxcatcher" grapples, bluntly, with the subjects of class and money, and what some people do when, to quote a line from "Psycho," they can't buy off their own unhappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 19, 2014
Pretty-boy Tatum impresses in every way. While it might not be a stretch for the strapping actor to play an athlete, it is a revelation to see how much he physically transforms into the hulking wrestler ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 16, 2014
Foxcatcher isn't afraid of venturing into territory avoided by most sports-related motion pictures. This isn't an inspirational film; in fact, quite the opposite is true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 14, 2014
Miller (who in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball, showed a similar interest in the power machinations of lonely, obsessive outsiders) doesn't need a lot of dialogue or backstory to create a haunting mood of tension and menace.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 14, 2014
Foxcatcher is among the best movies of the year, but ultimately it seems one better suited for awards than for audiences.
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November 14, 2014
Miller uses three superb performances to take us deep into a privileged world where the choreographed struggle of wrestling mixes toxically with the psychological struggles of familial disappointment.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 14, 2014
It's rare to see an American movie that explores, let alone acknowledges, the class system in this country, or one that gets so far inside the abyss of the ethic that drives so many men to succeed -- and to implode when they don't.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 14, 2014
The movie's take at times is fascinating. But it's basically one long, sick joke played at half speed. It's a ponderous, sick joke.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2014
A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the American dream and does not like what it sees.
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November 13, 2014
Punishingly long, the movie insists that viewers spend more than two over-deliberate hours with a man whose pathology could be sketched in a few minutes. In sports, what Foxcatcher does is called "running out the clock."
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 13, 2014
In more ways than one, "Foxcatcher" is a movie-an enthralling enigma of a movie-about control.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 13, 2014
"Foxcatcher" is a gripping yarn all the way through, even if we're not entirely sure what the point is.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 13, 2014
Beautifully acted and impeccably mounted, it is light on historical details and heavy on atmosphere, character and chintz.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 13, 2014
Simultaneously understated and grippingly edgy, this is an arresting examination of naivete, mismatched worlds and old-fashioned American oddness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 13, 2014
It's about manhood and about lost men, about people needing to find something, anything, at any cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 13, 2014
Foxcatcher might just be the feel-bad movie of the year. But it's so well-acted that audiences won't want to miss its dark, chilling yet restrained story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 13, 2014
Steve Carell offers a tour de force of slow-burning menace. Foxcatcher, one of the year's very best films, exposes the diseased underbelly of American exceptionalism and knocks the ground out from under you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
November 13, 2014
It's understandable that Bennett Miller should have been fascinated by the du Pont-Schultz case and wanted to make a film from it. But sometimes the defense of "based on a true story" evades both the real facts and their fictional potential.
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
November 13, 2014
The pieces of something important are here - there's ego and greed and desperation, the essential ingredients of the American tragedy - but none of it fits together.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
November 13, 2014
Within this vacuum of malaise, fine performers struggle valiantly to breathe life into their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 13, 2014
As a character study "Foxcatcher" is mesmerizing, eerie and unpredictably weird.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 12, 2014
It's an amalgam of dramatic all-American themes including ambition, paranoia, greed and the ice cubes in the blood that fuel the ruthless pursuit of success in the competitive world of sports. Color it hair-raising.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 10, 2014
There is plenty here to draw and hold the eye.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
November 7, 2014
Like du Pont himself, Foxcatcher draws us in without really allowing us to get under its skin.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 9, 2014
Ponderous, emotionally chilly Oscar bait.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 27, 2014
If this restrained '80s-set drama largely works despite pacing problems and all-too-readable thematic and psychological arcs, it's thanks to the superb trio of actors.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 20, 2014
Once Miller lays all his cards on the table ... you realize you haven't been watching people struggling with the very real temptations of unchecked privilege, so much as fumbling blindly in a glib, gloomy satire of American exceptionalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 19, 2014
A thought-provoking and solid piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 19, 2014
Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum give superb performances in Bennett Miller's powerfully disturbing true-crime saga.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2014
A superbly modulated study of a twisted mind with a career-changing performance by Steve Carell.