• R, 2 hr. 17 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Clint Eastwood
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 21, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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J. Edgar Reviews

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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 Source: NECN | Original Score: B

October 22, 2012
Ben Kendrick

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 Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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 Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B

June 20, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

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 Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 3/5

March 8, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

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 Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 6/10

February 23, 2012
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2012

the prolific veteran filmmaker, whose first feature as a director was released the same year as Spielberg's career kick-starter Duel (1971), enters his 80s with a rich and sophisticated biopic.

Full Review Source: Crikey

January 29, 2012
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

La detallada y convincente actuación de Leo DiCaprio (bajo quilos de maquillaje) es el principal atractivo de esta biografía de J. Edgar Hoover. Es cuando se desnuda su alma torturada que la película alcanza sus momentos más intensos.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

January 28, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's enjoyable, too evenly paced, and much inferior to Larry Cohen's 1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, a lively act of revenge starring Broderick Crawford as the pathetic, paranoid puritan.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 22, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

An elegant film from a classy filmmaker that will satisfy a discerning, intelligent audience

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 21, 2012

Unfortunately, most will come out of viewing this film none the wiser about Hoover, but their faith in another DiCaprio triumph will be further endorsed.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2012
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times

Eastwood rather deftly suggests a man who is both naive and repressed, while making it clear that what really drove him was his work - and his ego.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2012

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2012

Liverpool Echo

Eastwood crafts a meticulous and elegiac portrait of the man, whose professional troubles were almost as fascinating as the rumours surrounding his close relationship with FBI assistant director Clyde Tolson.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

January 20, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Without enough on-screen drama this can sometimes feel like a bum-numbing slog but it provides insight into Hoover's career, brought to life by a stunning DiCaprio.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Hoover has been portrayed for so long by the Left as a monster that it's refreshing to see Eastwood illuminate his achievements...

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

The picture has many fine qualities and is a rewarding watch...

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

J. Edgar is earnestly watchable. But it makes no contribution to a better understanding of Hoover...

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

[DiCaprio] pulls off this utterly thankless task better than you would imagine and a third best actor Oscar nomination surely beckons.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2012
Matthew Turner

J. Edgar is not without its flaws but remains worth watching thanks to a terrific central performance from DiCaprio and strong support from Armie Hammer.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2012
Richard Roeper
March 10, 2012
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
November 5, 2011
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