Capote Reviews

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January 5, 2006
Capote is a cool and polished hall of mirrors reflecting the ways in which Truman Capote came to write (and be written by) In Cold Blood.
October 29, 2005
Hoffman goes beyond impersonation to something close to possession.
October 29, 2005
Skillfully and economically put together.
October 28, 2005
The almost perfectly realized Capote -- stumbling only in the lack of shading it gives Keener's and Greenwood's characters -- offers a sobering glimpse at what the author had to give up of his soul to achieve his success.
October 28, 2005
A meditation on the artist's obligations to the art and to society and lines that blur when you cross them.
October 28, 2005
It's a fully realized look at a time and place as well as a riveting study of career obsessions warring with a sense of justice.
October 28, 2005
I came in expecting Hoffman's tour de force and left with a fuller appreciation of the quiet yet lethal film around him. Lethal, because what it says about the writer's craft, about what often gets destroyed in the name of creation.
October 28, 2005
It is complex and thoughtful and tragic in the end. And it is certainly one of the best movies of the year.
October 28, 2005
The best movie about journalism since All the President's Men, and one of the best films about writing ever made.
October 27, 2005
This spare, uncompromising portrait not only examines what drove the author but delves into the ethics of journalists who identify with their subjects, or pretend to, in order to report their stories.
October 21, 2005
The genius of the film, besides Hoffman's stunning performance, is that it knows exactly how much is enough. It never overplays, lingers or punches up.
October 21, 2005
The great strength of Miller's film -- aside from Hoffman's brilliant portrayal -- is that it both tells the story behind Capote's masterpiece, the true-crime tale In Cold Blood, and serves as an homage to it.
October 21, 2005
Engages both the practical and the moral implications of Capote's achievement.
October 21, 2005
Hoffman ... has always been an actor whose performances, no matter how small, leave a permanent impression. But his portrayal of Capote is in an entirely different league.
October 21, 2005
Capote might be the best movie ever made about the complex relationship between a serious writer and a vulnerable, though not guiltless, subject.
October 21, 2005
Hoffman and company make Capote well worth seeing. What makes the movie important is the way Capote exposes the work of journalism.
October 21, 2005
Capote is a film of uncommon strength and insight.
October 20, 2005
As entertaining as it is insightful.
October 20, 2005
It's about as close as film can come to capturing a man as he gradually loses all bearings and joy. At these moments, it's hard to look at Capote. But it's even harder to turn away.
October 20, 2005
It is exceptional in every sharp-eyed, low-keyed detail.
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