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Notorious Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
This film knows the lyrics, but not the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 16, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 16, 2009
Notorious, directed by George Tillman Jr. with a sentimental touch, seems torn.
| Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
January 16, 2009
No fire in this tale about one of rap music's most notorious shooting stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2009
What's most annoying about Notorious is that whatever bad thing that Biggie ever does gets paved over by the end of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 16, 2009
A mostly laudatory account of a young musician's life and career that is calculated to put Wallace in a positive light.
| Original Score: B-
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Though it never quite devolves into pure hagiography, the film's central tale of crack dealer made good is sometimes a little too hokey for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
March 13, 2009
While the script provides ample illustrations of Wallace's tough life, there is not enough focus on what set the recording star apart from his peers or why he became so incredibly popular so quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
March 13, 2009
[An] intermittently entertaining but thoroughly conventional Biggie biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
February 19, 2009
The inclusion of real-life footage and re-enacted YouTube clips is an interesting idea, but with each awkward stab at a new shooting style, Tillman Jr moves closer towards disgracing his subject with yet another hack job.
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
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Chris Richards
Washington Post
January 15, 2009
Feels like Biggie's Wikipedia page reformatted for the big screen.
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
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
January 20, 2009
I never bought into the chase-your-dream theme. The dream that Biggie sought was not anything that Martin Luther King would have taken pride in.
| Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
January 14, 2009
The untold side of the story haunts the frames of this standard-issue biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 12, 2009
If there's something praiseworthy about Notorious, it's that it pulls off the remarkable, ignominious feat of making its deceased subject less likeable than one remembers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
January 18, 2009
Biggie lived a HUGE life in only 24 years, but this film has two hours and never sells me. Isn't selling what Sean 'Puffy' Combs is supposed to be an expert at?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 13, 2009
Notorious is a pretty standard biopic, and is probably largely compromised. If you've never seen Nick Broomfield's excellent 2002 doco Biggie And Tupac, you'd be better served hunting that down instead.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 6, 2009
There is little here to attract anyone but the core fan-base.
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