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Notorious Reviews

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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
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 7, 2009
Notorious is a tribute the rapper's contribution to pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
February 19, 2009
A swaggering delve into the life of the biggest of all rappers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
February 13, 2009
Now in blows the myth of the myth: a brashly entertaining biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 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
It's ultimately a generic music biopic.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
January 25, 2009
It's always interesting to watch real life unfold.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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