Capote Reviews

June 5, 2019
Hoffman doesn't just act like Truman Capote; he is Truman Capote.
January 27, 2019
The film burdensomely lugs around its single, grand thematic idea (namely how a writer is in lure to, but ultimately exploits, their real-life inspiration or subject matter).
August 21, 2018
Capote is the only movie I know of that comes close to suggesting successfully what the complex process of creating a literary work actually looks like.
August 1, 2018
As Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman is in complete control of his effects... No other actor has the ability to laugh at his own jokes and be so appallingly funny.
May 11, 2018
An extraordinary performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman lays bare the man who sold his soul for one hell of a story.
January 16, 2018
It's the acting that sings, especially when Hoffman duets with luminous Catherine Keener, the lady with the loveliest laugh in film. Hoffman's writer is a self-serving egoist; Keener's a restrained, wise soul.
January 5, 2018
Phillip Seymour Hoffman must be nominated for his uncanny portrayal of Truman Capote. It's frightening and fascinating.
September 26, 2017
Unfortunately, by the end of it, Capote isn't the only one who wants to turn to drink.
August 24, 2017
It's a bravura one-man-show that feels somehow oddly empty, as if the void that existed in Capote himself is made manifest on the screen. The film does, however, pose some interesting questions about whether art is above morality. It's a moot question.
July 11, 2016
Its power comes from the slow, steady build to the execution of Perry Smith, the man half-responsible for the murders of a farming family of four, and what that death does to Capote.
February 29, 2016
Miller and Futterman underscore the idea that what Capote's achievement does to the story of Hickock and Smith and the Clutter killings is to remove it from the actual world and place it in a literary one.
July 6, 2010
In a career that has seen actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman play a vast array of characters (and very well at that), Hoffman has found the role of a lifetime which he delivers with uncanny precision.
September 1, 2009
Aims for starkness but ends up as tastefulness
May 17, 2008
The Passion of Truman Capote
January 31, 2008
Hoffman tries, but mainly just gets the surface of Capote.
July 14, 2007
January 11, 2007
I am aware that virtually every critic in America if not on the planet has lauded Hoffman's portrayal of the author and that I am in the minority. Watching Hoffman I felt something primal was missing from his interpretation ... To my mind, Hoffman's work
December 30, 2006
December 13, 2006
...the one award I'm sure it will win, Best Actor for Hoffman
August 20, 2006
a milestone in modern acting, and quite fascinating in any number of ways, particularly its depiction of the minutiae of the writer's life.