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Notorious Reviews

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February 13, 2009
This team have smoothed over the details of Biggie's rags-to-riches ascent, they haven't succeeded in making it terribly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2009
This film by George Tillman Jr is less about the street politics and more about the slushy soap opera going on at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2009
This is Hollywood hagiography at its most patronising and preposterous - a product, as well as a celebration, of a diseased, materialistic culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
February 13, 2009
Fans of Biggie will find a thrill in watching Jamal Woolard bring him back to life after death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2009
The boasts get louder, the bling shinier, but the film itself just gets increasingly monotonous.
February 12, 2009
A hip hop hagiography that plays like a straight-to-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2009
As mainstream hip hop becomes ever more predictable, so do the biopics about its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
February 12, 2009
Notorious is undeniably entertaining and Woolard's excellent, but ultimately the film buys a little too much into hip hop's frequent misogyny and Wallace's enforced sainthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2009
This is an MTV-friendly, slick and styled production that tells one version of a very murky story and does it with plenty of energy but little imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2009
It's ultimately a generic music biopic.
| Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2009
Notorious plays even more conventional than Eminem's 8 Mile or 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin', with its TV movie predictability (rueful voiceover and all) taking the gangsta out of gangsta rap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2009
Shooting shy of scandal, Notorious turns the life of Biggie Smalls into an off-the-peg cautionary yarn. Aside from Woolard's larger-the-life lead turn, it's strictly B.I.G. for beginners.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2009
It's a dim, poorly executed, eccentrically cast film and you'd be better off seeking out Nick Broomfield's 2002 documentary Biggie and Tupac.
February 12, 2009
A fitfully fascinating rise-and-demise yarn that will probably leave hip-hop fans underwhelmed while also alienating middlebrow audiences hoping for an inspirational night out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2009
Although guilty of assuming too much pre-knowledge on the viewer's part, it's a solid rap opus that snarls down Eminem's 8 Mile with heavyweight confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2009
Before giving in to sentiment, the film struggles to make us like this talented man who never quite grew up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2009
It's bang-average biopic fodder but fans will enjoy the attention to detail and hearing Biggie tracks on a cinema soundsystem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2009
A watchable, if admittedly one-sided, biopic with a handful of strong performances, though it rarely scratches the surface of its subject and wears out its welcome long before the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2009
Jamal Woolard is an inspired piece of casting in the title role, not disguising sweetness behind the macho and arrogant gangsta facade.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 9, 2009
the first drama about a hip-hop star's personal and professional life, rather than the culture itself, and it is worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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