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½ September 30, 2014
Never making it of the ground level, 'Notorious' fails to fully express the grandeur of Biggie Smalls. Jamal Woolard at times comes eerily close to a level of verisimilitude that lends the film authenticity, but sadly the rest of the cast doesn't live up to his potential. The main problem with the story is its intention to give an overall look, thus sacrificing the moment to moment drama that could have been more resonant. 'Notorious' instead comes of a largely basic portrait filled with the usual narrative elements one would come to expect from a music biopic, and given the subject, that's a shame. While the film is photographed well, the direction is nondescript lacking for depth and true insight.
½ September 22, 2014
this was really good, I don't know a lot about the story of biggie but I thought this was really entertaining and interesting
July 27, 2014
my dad's suggestions
½ July 23, 2014
i saw this in the cinema when it came out and i remember i was a bit dissapointed after it mainly due to the fact i know a lot of the subject matter through the music and research those who arn't that familiar should learn a thing or two. re3-3.5
½ July 22, 2014
Sans doute pour les fans dont je ne fais pas parti.
July 2, 2014
Best biography movie ever
May 10, 2014
The guy who played Smalls has just the right rasp in his voice and chunk on his person to be Biggie, and the movie was better than Ray or Walk the Line. Check it out.
½ May 1, 2014
Drected by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food (1997), Men of Honor (2000) and Faster (2010)), this biopic about rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was in development for years, and a number of directors including Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua, before Tillman signed up. It's careful to being respectful of it's subject, but at the end of the day, it's another rags to riches biopic tinged with tragedy and hardship. Christopher Wallace (Jamal Woodard) grew up in Brooklyn with his mother Voletta (Angela Bassett), at the time during the mid 1980's, there was a "crack epidemic" in America, and Christopher ends up being a dealer on the streets, and his mother kicks him out when she discovers what he's doing, Christopher even spends time behind bars for dealing. However, Christopher has a talent for rapping, and he's discovered by Sean Combs (Derek Luke), who has Christopher signed up to Bad Boy Records, and Christopher becomes The Notorious B.I.G. But, dark times lie ahead after he meets West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). It's a very good film, and you don't have to know or even like rap music to get at what Tillman and his team have made here, it captures the era well, and the film was even produced by Wallace's mother, as well as Sean Combs. Plus, Wallace's own son, Christopher Wallace, Jr. plays his own father when he was a boy.
April 1, 2014
wow ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch.......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that angela bassett, derek luke, jamal woolard, anthony mackie, antonique smith, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this musical/performing arts/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch as it is a real-life story movie 2 watch.......i think that jamal woolard was brilliant as big thorughout this movie.......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that anthony mackie was great as 2pac throughout this movie........its got really solid acting from everybody thorughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie.......i think that Marc John Jefferies (from the brilliant tv series treme) was great throughout this movie as lil cease throughout this movie.......its got a great cast throughout this movie......i think that Antonique Smith as Faith Evans was really good throughout this movie as she is/was his love interest throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch.....i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is such a really sad movie 2 watch as it is a real-life movie 2 watch but its such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch its got a great soundtrack throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really powerful movie 2 watch its really solid acting thorughout this movie it is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is so really well directed/acted/written movie 2 watch it is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is such a really sad movie 2 watch as its a real-life movie 2 watch but its just a brilliant movie 2 watch........
½ March 15, 2014
While it was a good idea to make a biopic about one of the greatest hip hop artists ever, Notorious was lacking many elements about Notorious B.I.G.'s life, making it feel unfinished. To it's credit, Jamal Woolard is great as B.I.G. and the performances from the cast are solid. Unfortunately it feels more like a generic crime drama rather than a biopic. The movie seems to focus more on the negative side of B.I.G.'s life and personality rather than the positive. Notorious had great potential but ultimately felt too modest.
February 26, 2014
"I love it when you call me BIG Poppa!"
This movie will be a classic! Amazing cast that look so much like the actual people! Sad story and even worse is that the LAPD knows who killed him but they're involved so no arrest will ever be made.
November 17, 2013
hope the acting holds up..
November 14, 2013
I'm looking forward to watching this movie
October 19, 2013
Very good movie. Watched like 8 times and it's a really good movie about the life of the rapper The Notorious B.I.G
September 14, 2013
This is a story that brings tears to everyone's eyes i don't care if you said it was a rotten tomato it's a story of the king of New York i really wish that suge knight one day gets life.
September 12, 2013
fan of rap artists in general but this was a good movie that portrayed biggie smalls well, regardless of how factual it was or wasnt
August 8, 2013
I liked this, sorta of a "Purple Rain" feel to it.
at least no one knew martial arts in it
½ July 23, 2013
A really interesting perspective to this story.
June 4, 2013
Overall, a decent biopic about one of raps greatest stars. Not sure how much of this is fact or assumption, but it does appear that the film is grounded in mostly reality. Anthony Mackie is poorly miscast as Tupac Shakur though, and the film sugarcoats the life of Christopher Wallace a bit too much. It feels like the filmmakers were willing to only go so far in painting a true portrait of the man. The finale of the film is quite good however and it does show that a hip hop legend is truly missed.
May 28, 2013
if you already know much about biggie then this movie will not prove to be informative but its still dope
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