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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Clay Cane
July 7, 2009
Notorious is a tribute the rapper's contribution to pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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

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.
| 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

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
Leigh Singer
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
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
February 12, 2009
It's ultimately a generic music biopic.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Matthew Turner
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
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
Stephen Silver
The Trend
January 31, 2009
Even though it brings little that's new or innovative to the table, "Notorious" is a must for anyone even moderately interested in the history of hip-hop in the 1990s.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
H Magazine
January 26, 2009
Notorious manages to convey what made both "Biggie" and Christopher Wallace so memorable, in the process introducing the man and his music to a whole new generation of fans.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 25, 2009
It's always interesting to watch real life unfold.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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