• 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

Page 1 of 12
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C+

May 26, 2013
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/10

September 15, 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 Source: UTV | Original Score: 2/10

March 10, 2012
Mark Rabinowitz
CNN.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It is, quite simply, a poorly conceived and constructed film.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

November 9, 2011
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Isn't it high time that Eastwood cut loose and made that third Orangutan movie?

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

January 31, 2012
Grae Drake
Movies.com

It's not often that a Clint Eastwood movie ends and the first words out my mouth are, "That's it?"

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2011
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

I suppose the ultimate failings of J. Edgar have to be laid at the feet of Clint Eastwood, which I hate to do because he continues to hold the title of 'senior citizen you'd least want to tangle with in a bar fight.'

Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

DiCaprio and Hammer work hard, but under Eastwood's half-hearted direction they merely seem like teenagers - wearing their father's suits, and with talcum powder salt-and-peppering their hair - out of their depth on a high school stage.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2012
David Sexton
This is London

Hoover was one of the darkest figures in US history but Eastwood and his scriptwriter have forgiven all in a hazy resignation to old age coming to everyone and love being what matters.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2012
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz

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 Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian

A dreary slog through 40 years of history that were nowhere near as dull as what's onscreen here.

Full Review Source: The Washingtonian | Original Score: 4/10

November 10, 2011
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

An occasionally dull and rarely engaging run-of-the-mill biopic, J. Edgar plays things far too safe for a story about one of the most polarizing figures in American history.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

J. Edgar Hoover is an unpleasant guy, and spending two-plus hours with him is not a fun experience.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

We get straightforward narration and expository dialogue that introduces each time-traveling vignette and dictates Hoover's tiresome "me versus them" rationalizations for whatever unscrupulous thing he did to stop them.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

November 11, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is a lumbering miscalculation, a slow and clumsy re-think of the late F.B.I. founder J. Edgar Hoover's life and career that views his him through the lens of his alleged homosexuality.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2011
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A lumbering miscalculation...

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

December 29, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Long-winded and trite, this two-and-a-half-hour exercise in Oscar bait plays like a dramatized Wikipedia entry that hasn't been edited for innuendo, half-truths and self-serving revisionism.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

November 13, 2011
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire

How Eastwood has managed to create so dull a film is actually quite stunning.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2011
Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Clint Eastwood misses the target, again, with laboured, sombre drama.

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

January 23, 2012
Philip Concannon
The Skinny

Eastwood's sluggish biopic fails to unravel the heart of this polarising character as it hops back-and-forth in time, despite a fiery and charismatic performance from Leonardo DiCaprio.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 2/5

January 18, 2012
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
November 5, 2011
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
January 24, 2012
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