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Notorious Reviews

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Joanna Hunkin
New Zealand Herald
June 22, 2016
Newcomer Jamal Woolard is a natural as the mammoth rapper, easily adopting Biggie's cheeky swagger and rasping speech... [But] the story suffers as it tries to capture every last moment of the rapper's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
This film knows the lyrics, but not the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 22, 2009
Absent the actual music, Notorious would be a lot worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Though it never quite devolves into pure hagiography, the film's central tale of crack dealer made good is sometimes a little too hokey for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clay Cane
July 7, 2009
Notorious is a tribute the rapper's contribution to pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 21, 2009
You've heard of laundering money? Well, this film biography of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has all the earmarks of--not monetary but morality cleansing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Prairie Miller
April 11, 2009
While it's now less a case of race than class in black film, Notorious seems to still be taking tabloid cues more from alien ghetto underclass drama and what's come before, rather than bringing new and improved insight to the table beyond the cool music.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
March 13, 2009
[An] intermittently entertaining but thoroughly conventional Biggie biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
March 13, 2009
What might have been an African-American gangland epic with a killer soundtrack treads safely as a run-of-the-mill biopic.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 13, 2009
Notorious is a pretty standard biopic, and is probably largely compromised. If you've never seen Nick Broomfield's excellent 2002 doco Biggie And Tupac, you'd be better served hunting that down instead.
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
March 13, 2009
While the script provides ample illustrations of Wallace's tough life, there is not enough focus on what set the recording star apart from his peers or why he became so incredibly popular so quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 6, 2009
There is little here to attract anyone but the core fan-base.
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
March 2, 2009
A big, bad bundle of biopic cliches, a glitzy whitewash filled with wince-inducing dialogue and propelled by a smug, from-beyond-the-grave voiceover.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 19, 2009
Like Violet Kray producing a film about her twin sons. The movie doesn't ignore its subject's shortcomings, but it sentimentalises them and becomes increasingly incoherent as it proceeds.
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
February 19, 2009
The inclusion of real-life footage and re-enacted YouTube clips is an interesting idea, but with each awkward stab at a new shooting style, Tillman Jr moves closer towards disgracing his subject with yet another hack job.
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
February 19, 2009
A swaggering delve into the life of the biggest of all rappers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
February 19, 2009
It isn't the most subtle movie, with characters constantly spelling out the big message - in order to change the world, you first have to change yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
February 13, 2009
A hagiographical whitewash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Record (UK)
February 13, 2009
For his legions of fans there's nothing new to discover about their flawed, but musically gifted, hero in a movie that, for them at least, will only serve to add to his legend.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
February 13, 2009
Now in blows the myth of the myth: a brashly entertaining biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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