• Infamous
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    Added: Mar 18, 2011

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Infamous Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 30, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 17, 2006
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 13, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 13, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a stellar cast, but you can't help but lament the bad timing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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No matter how noble the competitor, coming in second in a contest always feels like a lesser effort.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Infamous is quietly stolen by Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[With Hoffman], it was easy to see Capote as someone truly extraordinary, perhaps a genius. Toby Jones... doesn't have that quality, though he does offer something almost as good: Watching him it's easy to believe he's really Truman Capote.

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

October 13, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Infamous covers just enough new ground to be interesting, but it will always suffer by comparison.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Even judged on its own, though, McGrath's movie feels slightly misjudged.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Jones wears the title role so well that you simply forget he's acting, which wasn't true of Philip Seymour Hoffman last year when he gave a performance that deserved its Oscar. If Jones fails to pick up an Oscar nomination, he should pitch a hissy.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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British actor Toby Jones is so physically right in the role, you'll think Capote is playing himself.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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When Infamous is on, it's really on. It's much more celebratory of Capote's unequaled, larger-than-life spirit, which can be a joy to watch.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

October 13, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Unlike its coolly detached brother, Infamous is right in your face, as amusing in flashes, and annoying for stretches, as any shallow little tyke.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Infamous is a well-made movie about a fascinating character, and if it weren't essentially a repeat of last year's Capote it would likely be one of the hot flicks in filmdom right now.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 13, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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McGrath focuses on Capote's own divided soul, where massive insecurity co-exists with great courage.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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In the early going, Infamous can be generously entertaining and quite funny. But McGrath gradually blends serious ingredients into this comic souffle of chatter and gloss.

| Original Score: B+

October 13, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Infamous is one of the funniest sad movies in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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What begins as a mischievous frolic gradually becomes a sad tale about a sad man.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

October 13, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Ultimately, as a cautionary tale about fictionalized journalism, it's a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Rarely do battling productions -- these two were shot mere months apart -- result in equally valid films, but that's the case here.

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

October 13, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The picture gives off a tone of arch stylization that plays as artificial, overwrought and off-putting.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 12, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A riveting, well-made picture for the few of you who still remember those quaint, antiquarian objects called 'books' and recall the vanished age when they were really important.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 12, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Bullock's warm, wise and penetrating presence as the To Kill a Mockingbird author -- Capote childhood friend, assistant and conscience -- is the soul of McGrath's sumptuously art-directed (by Judy Becker) and scored (by Rachel Portman) film.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Infamous isn't able to convey the great sense of guilt and responsibility Capote wrestled with -- he needed a man who trusted him to die in order to finish his book -- becoming instead a more superficial and pedestrian tale of doomed love.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Far from vanishing in its predecessor's wake, Infamous demonstrates how a potent story can inspire distinctly different interpretations.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Toby Jones, the British actor with the impossible task of following an Oscar winner, gives a stellar, idiosyncratic performance as Capote.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Jones has a few moments of resonant pathos near the end and the film is entertaining enough.

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

October 12, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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It's a literate and meticulously argued film in its own right, but one that would be best appreciated by those who missed the first one.

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

October 12, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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There is no reason to choose between Bennett Miller's Capote, which came out almost exactly a year ago, and Douglas McGrath's Infamous, which opens today... Both stand out above the biopic pack.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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It's the one closest in spirit to Capote himself, the fabulist whose very conception of In Cold Blood as a 'nonfiction novel' stemmed from the wisdom that reality is rarely as tantalizing as fantasy.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 12, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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By the end ... Infamous more or less finds itself, after trying a little bit of everything.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Once he gets to the Midwest, the movie's arch tone becomes tiresome and, more importantly, out of place.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

October 12, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Infamous is infinitely fascinating, cinematically breathtaking and largely impeccable.

October 11, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A goggly interest in gossip becomes the glittering gimmick of Infamous, as well as its undoing as a work that can measure up to the rigorous, sophisticated understatement of Bennett Miller's Capote.

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

October 11, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Capote was at times cool and antiseptic, but Infamous is warmer and more emotionally satisfying.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2006
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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It can't withstand the comparisons [to Capote]. It's good, especially during its first half, just not good enough.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 10, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Neither movie [about Capote] gives you the whole picture, but it's fun to see them both and rearrange the pieces in your head.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 9, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Jones looks more like the small, impish Capote than Hoffman does -- he has the nasal whine down pat -- but his performance fails to cut as deep into the complexities of the man. Neither does the movie.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2006
David Rooney
Variety
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Regardless of the liberties taken, there was an integrity and character-complexity to the 2005 release that's missing from this glossier biopic.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 31, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A second look at Truman Capote's journey to write In Cold Bloo that against all odds is as good as Capote.

August 31, 2006
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