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J. Edgar Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
A large, self-important, incident-by-incident biopic crammed with luxuriant period detail, laden with old-age make-up and powered by meticulous but riskless acting.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
It's a deeply silly movie. American history as kitsch, played out like a drag show.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
September 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
DiCaprio never measures up to the task of creating a plausible interpretation of what enabled Hoover to be both heroic and maniacal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 29, 2012
A lumbering miscalculation...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
J. Edgar provides an intriguing look at one of America's icons but Eastwood fails to deliver a cohesive narrative or enough compelling insight into his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ali Gray
September 24, 2012
There is no better way to summarise the ways in which Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic fails: J. Edgar is just boring. It just is. It looks boring, it sounds boring, it feels boring, it IS boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
The consistently negative study of Hoover, along with pell-mell story telling and a melodramatic and silly gay romance, make J. Edgar a disappointing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 12, 2012
Self-serving, self-indulgent and about as dramatically effective as a school play.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 20, 2012
Hoover's magnetism derives from his intellect, certainty, power, and sense for myth-making, and DiCaprio bears that out with a performance of a man who himself may be constantly performing as though he has nothing to hide.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 6, 2012
Despite the odd sharp observation, somehow J. Edgar comes off like the Max Fischer Players' production of Serpico... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2012
A failure, but an interesting failure when you step back and contemplate the project as a whole. Not really anybody's idea of a good time at the cinema that, though, is it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 10, 2012
Needless to say, as J Edgar ages, DiCaprio flounders. It is simply preposterous for him to play a 77-year-old man! All the elderly prosthetic make-up in the world cannot disguise his adolescent cheekbones from beaming through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
A decent take on one of America's most prolific political figures and people with an interest in American history will get a lot out of it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
February 23, 2012
DiCaprio keeps the film afloat, but J. Edgar lacks any real controversy and never fully reaches deep within the man's dark psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 19, 2012
Hoover may have been the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man in the world, or he may have been a ruthless bastard; we wouldn't know from Eastwood's cautious portrayal of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Newall
February 9, 2012
Clint Eastwood's direction lacks focus, most notably in the film's pacing which makes J. Edgar's two-hour-plus running time feel even longer than it is,
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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