Trumbo

Critic Score

82%

User Score

77%
In theaters Sep 10, 2007
PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: A documentary adaptation of the popular regional theatrical monologue -- in which such heavyweights as Paul Newman, Nathan Lane, and Joe Mantegna essayed the lead on various occasions -- Trumbo
Director: Peter Askin
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.
Genre: Documentary, Television
Theater Release: Sep 10, 2007
DVD Release: Sep 15, 2009

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Trumbo celebrates the life and work of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo with measures of humor and sadness.
  • The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends. More...
  • It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net. More...
  • The film is an enlightening recap of '50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo's speeches and letters. More...
  • It's a pleasure to meet a truly moral man in a documentary that rightly heralds his name. More...
  • A ousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject. More...
  • Although it glosses over a few relevant details, Trumbo also functions as a passionate defense of truth from a writer who embodied all of the virtues that America claims to value. More...
  • This biography is celebratory to a fault. There is scant context about the history and political climate that led to the blacklist. More...
  • A celebration of a large-hearted contrarian, and if it's over-worshipful, the film gets you in an indulgent frame of mind. More...
  • It is oddly pleasant to know that such a man once existed. More...
  • Trumbo is well worth seeing for what it tells us about the age in which this irrepressible individualist lived, loved, suffered and finally triumphed. More...

User Reviews

  • I don't often seek out documentaries myself but this one is well worth the extra effort if you can find it. A compelling narrative about a courageous...
  • In the beginning, there was the word and in the end, there was only the word, which in the case of the documentary "Trumbo" are the letters and...
  • Fascinating man being given a not-quite-as-fascinating-as-he-is documentary treatment. But still, an amazing story.