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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
The silver lining to 13 years of being blacklisted are all those incredible letters that we can now enjoy for their deft but basic truths.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bill Gibron
September 13, 2009
Like the great artist he is Trumbo's work speaks as loudly today as it did 50 years ago. Perhaps we should all listen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
May 27, 2009
A portrait of Dalton Trumbo, the writer who defied HUAC. Joan Allen, Paul Giamatti, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn and Donald Sutherland, among others, read excerpts from Trumbo's letters. Moving and compelling. Must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stan Hall
January 9, 2009
Does a fine job of showing the emotional and financial toll the decadelong blacklist (plus a year's imprisonment for contempt of Congress) took on Trumbo and his family as he tried to scrape by writing anonymously.
Top Critic
November 10, 2008
The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.
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John Anderson
October 18, 2008
The film is an enlightening recap of '50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo's speeches and letters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Patrick Z. McGavin
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Trumbo is hurt by an unwillingness to actually explore Trumbo's own politics and delve into his actual beliefs about communism, Stalin or Marxist ideology.
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Robert Koehler
October 18, 2008
It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
It's a pleasure to meet a truly moral man in a documentary that rightly heralds his name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
October 18, 2008
An amazing primer on how to stand by your principles even as the unprincipled knock you around.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2008
A ousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
September 28, 2008
As the story of a fierce, beleaguered individualist, 'Trumbo' is stirring and informative, though perhaps not as thorough as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
Dalton Trumbo showed that it was possible, even within the Hollywood system, to deal seriously with issues like freedom and personal responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
Although it glosses over a few relevant details, Trumbo also functions as a passionate defense of truth from a writer who embodied all of the virtues that America claims to value.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 11, 2008
Of all the many narrative films and documentaries that have been made about the Hollywood blacklist, none has more intimately captured what it must have been like to live through that sordid time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2008
This biography is celebratory to a fault. There is scant context about the history and political climate that led to the blacklist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 22, 2008
Trumbo was initiated by two of Trumbo's children, but their attempt to personalize the film isn't quite personal enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Beverly Berning
August 19, 2008
... a beautifully directed and passionate homage to the dignity of one man against the indignity of the times.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 15, 2008
A celebration of a large-hearted contrarian, and if it's over-worshipful, the film gets you in an indulgent frame of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2008
Askin's dramatic camera angles are somewhat awkward, but the superb performances and the words eventually win out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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