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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 27, 2008
Step back to the good old days when anybody could be brought before Congress and interrogated about their beliefs, and meet one of the most famous of those who refused to answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
July 24, 2008
By itself, the golden age of Trumbo's career would make for an inspired documentary. But, alas, history situates him in another story, a tragedy that nearly consumed him and many other members of Hollywood.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
July 21, 2008
It is oddly pleasant to know that such a man once existed.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 9, 2008
Trumbo is well worth seeing for what it tells us about the age in which this irrepressible individualist lived, loved, suffered and finally triumphed.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2008
The substance of those letters, along with documentary footage and a touching appearance by Kirk Douglas, throws a baleful light on a bleak chapter of American history.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 27, 2008
Trumbo's vivid archival footage and interviews share less-than-equal time, though, with an all-star cast ... taking turns reading from the writer's letters and speeches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 27, 2008
This hard-nosed look at the grim realities of the blacklist is as timely as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 27, 2008
What kind of international revolutionary whines about his family being made unwelcome among the tykes of the bourgeoisie?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
Using Trumbo's letters, statements, speeches and scripts, director Peter Askin creates a rich portrait of a cantankerous, principled man of words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Trumbo is an unconventional film about an unconventional man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 27, 2008
It's Trumbo's words -- unfiltered and often unhinged -- that make this doc worth seeing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 27, 2008
Family home movies and photos and archival clips round out the film, which holds its hero-worshiping to fairly tolerable levels.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 27, 2008
The best way to learn about Trumbo is through his writing, which is spirited, dry, and utterly convinced of its truth
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
June 27, 2008
The film only comes alive with archival footage of the HUAC hearings and interviews with Trumbo himself. When the letter-readers come on, it slows to a snails-pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 27, 2008
Peter Askin's stirring documentary Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep.
| Original Score: 4/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
More successful at evoking sympathy for Dalton Trumbo than offering a detailed study of the Red Scare vis--vis the screenwriters known as the "Hollywood Ten," it nevertheless provides a fascinating introduction to the always-relevant topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 26, 2008
Trumbo emerges as a son's bittersweet valentine to his old man, and a tribute to the senior Trumbo's resilience, wit, and outrage in the face of a national disgrace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
June 26, 2008
unimaginative ... rendering a film that should have been impassioned and full of life and humor into something static and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
June 26, 2008
Reflects the fun of crafting zesty prose and the pain of not being able to attach your real name to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 26, 2008
What could have been a human- and Hollywood-interest film turns out to be a not very successful experiment.
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