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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 13, 2009
This glossy bioflick of late hip hop legend Christopher 'The Notorious BIG' Wallace - aka Biggie Smalls, or 'Chrissy-poo' to his momma - is unlikely to trouble the Academy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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