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Notorious Reviews

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
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

The Sun (UK)
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 13, 2009
The boasts get louder, the bling shinier, but the film itself just gets increasingly monotonous.
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
February 12, 2009
A hip hop hagiography that plays like a straight-to-TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
February 12, 2009
As mainstream hip hop becomes ever more predictable, so do the biopics about its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Leigh Singer
Film4
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
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
February 12, 2009
It's ultimately a generic music biopic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
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
Tom Charity
Total Film
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
Karl French
Financial Times
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.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
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

Maxim [UK]
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Robbie Collin
News of the World
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Victor Olliver
Teletext
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
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
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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