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Infamous (2006)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 40

Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 13

Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.



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Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year. It thus tells roughly the same story as Bennett Miller's earlier Capote, recounting the events that belied the writer's six-year authorship of the seminal "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. The story opens with Capote (Toby Jones) visiting the site of the 1959 Clutter family homicide, on a Kansas research trip, accompanied by his close friend and colleague,




Douglas McGrath, George Plimpton

Feb 13, 2007


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Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?

November 3, 2006
The New Republic
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All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Jones gets everything -- the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell.

October 17, 2006
New Yorker
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The problem with Infamous isn't that it revisits Capote's turf -- it's that it does the same things well, and leaves the same unsatisfying holes.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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The film benefits from three splendid performances: Toby Jones as Capote, an aggressively gay elf exuding a tosspot charm; Sandra Bullock as Nelle Harper Lee, a novelist who uses spoken words with quiet precision, and Daniel Craig as Perry.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The other-and possibly greater-Capote pic about the geneiss of In Cold Blood

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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Better than Capote

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Toby Jones' uncanny portrayal of the short, effeminate writer with the funny voice, gives the film its credibility and compassion.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

Only Sandra Bullock shines as Harper Lee.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Poor Toby Jones. In any other year, his work as Truman Capote would be in immediate awards contention.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

With dyed hair and tattoos, Craig nails the incredible complexity of a man who juggles gentleness with violence. The relationship between Capote and Perry is overtly moving and there was a big lump in my throat as the final chapters played out.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Why not accept Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee? As it turns out, she's quietly terrific. Most of the supporting actors are.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Infamous doesn't feel like a remake. While it covers the same ground, the pitch is completely different. Where Capote was cool, distant and even antiseptic, Infamous is warmer and more emotionally fulfilling.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Una aproximación más bien superficial y declamatoria a Truman Capote y su investigación previa a A Sangre Fría. En comparación, la versión de 2005 sale mucho mejor parada.

December 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

To recreate the gossipy Manhattan arena that Capote navigated with such ease and documented with such malice, you need dialogue that rings like scatter-shot and the film's script, written by its director Douglas McGrath, doesn't have it.

June 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Revela-se não somente desonesto, como decepcionantemente repulsivo.

June 1, 2007
Cinema em Cena

"About cold blooded media seduction, and an ironic reflection of how class differences in this country seal the opposing fates of individuals."

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

The triad of performances by Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Craig keep it on its feet, but after a certain point it's stumbling aimlessly.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

For this film, it's the little pleasures---such as scenes of Capote writing and pages from legal pads stacked in rows---rather than the overall feeling and being engaged by it the entire time, which is a bit hard to do.

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Often confronts a far-from-light subject, but its glamorous characters and occasional levity are fun.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Suffers from the recent and lingering memory of the superior Capote.

February 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

...more direct, perhaps more revealing, and certainly more graphic than the earlier Capote film.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Toby Jones defies the odds with an extraordinary impersonation of the author in Douglas McGrath's Infamous.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Toby Jones's impersonation of Truman Capote is as uncannily accurate as Philip Seymour Hoffman's and even more camp.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Infamous

Really good. Really well done. Really moving...Too many people compared this movie to Phillip Seymour Hoffman's movie. Not really fair, because it is taken from a different viewpoint entirely. Toby Jones is more convincing as Truman than Hoffman (and I am a very big fan of Hoffman). By the end of this movie, I was left with a heavy heart for Truman...
July 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

Toby Jones is truly great here, though shadowed by Philip Seymour Hoffman's fantastic performance in the far superior Capote - with which the comparisons are inevitable. However, this film suffers from many terrible documentary-like statements explaining what we can easily see.
November 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

Having seen In Cold Blood (1967) and Capote (2005) I thought I knew what to expect from yet another film treatment of Truman's novel. Infamous, however, was a pleasant surprise. This one brought to light a little more of Capote's terrific sense of humor and a slightly different perspective on his emotional entanglement with convicted murderer Perry Smith.

If Infamous is overlooked and underrated it has only Philip Seymour Hoffman to blame. Very bad timing for a pretty good film.
December 17, 2009
Randy Tippy

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Movies Like Infamous

    1. Truman Capote: I'm a poor man's Capote.
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    1. Dick Hickock: We're not leaving baby. They've seen us plain. Get down in the basement so we can take care of that.
    – Submitted by Kelly P (2 years ago)
    1. Perry Smith: I sang and nobody listened, I painted and nobody cared to look, I killed 4 people and what happens? A work of art.
    – Submitted by Lars P (2 years ago)
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