J. Edgar (2011)



Critic Consensus: Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but J. Edgar stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.

Movie Info

J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. -- (C) Warner Bros

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dustin Lance Black
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2012
Box Office: $37.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as J. Edgar Hoover

as Clyde Tolson

as Helen Gandy

as Charles Lindbergh

as Annie Hoover

as Agent Smith

as Bruno Hauptmann

as Arthur Koehler

as Robert Kennedy

as Harlan Fiske Stone

as Robert Irwin

as Mitchell Palmer

as Palmer's Wife

as Dwight Eisenhower

as Franklin Roosevelt

as Inspector

as Palmer's Daughter

as Head Secretary

as Edgar's Father

as Hoover as a Child

as Labor Dept. Lawyer

as Caminetti

as Emma Goldman

as Agent Stokes

as Bureau Agent (1919)

as Inspector Schell

as Secret Service Offic...

as Agent Jones

as Agent Williams

as Raymond Caffrey

as Edgar's Niece

as Agent Appel

as Lawrence Richey

as Mr. Walters

as Credit Director

as Gangster

as Balding Agent

as Agent Garrison

as Colonel Schwarzkopf

as John Condon

as Young Agent

as Albert Osborne

as Elmer Irey

as Agent Sisk

as Wiretap Agent

as Hoover's Driver

as Roosevelt's Secretar...

as Restaurant Host

as Truck Driver

as Attorney General

as Senator Friendly

as Senator McKellar

as Fred Hunter

as Alvin Karpis

as William Mahan

as Harry Brunette

as Reporter

as Shirley Temple

as Stork Club Band

as Stork Club Band

as Stork Club Band

as Stork Club Band

as Stork Club Owner

as Ginger Rogers

as Lela Rogers

as Anita Colby

as Man at the Counter

as Agent One

as Agent Two

as FBI Agent

as Newspaper Boy

as Baker's Wife

as Theatre Cashier

as Bronx Baker

as Bank Teller

as Walter Lyle

as African American Wom...

as African American Man

as Agent Owens

as Radio Announcer

as Prosecutor Wilentz

as Jury Foreman

as Hauptmann's Wife

as Young Boy

as Edgar's Mother's Doc...

as Edgar's Brother

as Richard Nixon

as Hoover's Maid

as H.R. Haldemann

as Nixon Aide
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Critic Reviews for J. Edgar

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (48)

The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story. But the picture offered is muddled, cautious, and at cross purposes.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

It's a deeply silly movie. American history as kitsch, played out like a drag show.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

With noirish lighting and most of the running time spent inside offices or cramped domestic rooms, Eastwood keeps the film claustrophobic, sometimes unpleasantly intimate.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
Eye for Film

DiCaprio never measures up to the task of creating a plausible interpretation of what enabled Hoover to be both heroic and maniacal.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A lumbering miscalculation...

Full Review… | December 29, 2012
Tribune News Service

Regardless of how you may feel about the film's vision of Hoover's private life, you have to respect J. Edgar for the conviction of its depiction. Very much like the resolve of the despotic man it so vividly portrays.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for J. Edgar


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Great performances by DiCaprio and Armie Hammer. The film is put together well.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

A very believable portrait of a very unhappy person who could never accept himself. Excellent film, well written and acted, with DiCaprio giving an outstanding performance. The "aging make-up" of the main characters is rather poor, in my opinion, though. However, the overall quality of the film made me forgive that thanks to Clint Eastwood's style of directing....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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