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Notorious (2009)



Critic Consensus: A biopic that lacks the luster of its subject, Notorious is generic rise-and-fall fare that still functions as a primer for those less familiar with the work and life of the hip hop icon.

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"Notorious" centers on the life of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G, from his beginnings as a Brooklyn crack dealer to East Coast hip-hop sensation.

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Jamal Woolard
as The Notorious B.I.G.
Angela Bassett
as Voletta Wallace
Derek Luke
as Sean Combs
Antonique Smith
as Faith Evans
Anthony Mackie
as Tupac Shakur
Sean Ringgold
as Suge Knight
Edwin Freeman
as Mister Cee
John Ventimiglia
as Det. Farelli
Christopher Jordan Wallace
as Biggie (age 8-13)
Dennis L.A. White
as Damion 'D-Roc' Butler
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Critic Reviews for Notorious

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (43)

As mainstream hip hop becomes ever more predictable, so do the biopics about its stars.

February 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Even if we miss the thinking that went into the creation of Wallace's B.I.G.-ger-than-life alter ego, the movie's performances are exultant.

January 20, 2009 | Full Review…

The movie leaves us with the sense that, twelve years after Biggie Smalls's death, a lot of people are trying to extract whatever profit or pride they can from the chaotic life of a young man who was, as he well knew, a work in progress.

January 20, 2009 | Full Review…

If Milk set the standard for biopics in 2008, then 2009 is off to a strong start with Notorious.

January 20, 2009

For a hardcore fan of his music and his life, it rings true.

January 20, 2009 | Full Review…

Notorious is like a piece of well-crafted bling. It looks good, and facets of it shine, but behind the gilded facade there's not much there.

January 16, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Notorious

Biopics are difficult to make and typically flawed, rushing through stages of the person's life and focusing on pointless incidents at times. Notorious falls victim to this but for the most part it was pretty good. The casting in terms of resemblance to the portrayed characters is solid, except for 2pac. The quality of the acting at times is inconsistent but mostly above average. The good's and bad's of rap biopics are fun to watch.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

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Along the lines of 8 mile. this movie tells a story while it connects you with the main character. Even tho you know whats going to happen to him in the begining I still was interested in his like and what would happen to him...The music what very good, altho im not reall a fan of hardcore rap. I can see the appeal of it. I just have to be in the right mood to see it. This movie has some very strong performances as well.

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

I don't care too much for rap, but a good biop is always fun. B.I.G. seemed like a pretty big douche, but it made for an interesting story.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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