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Trumbo Reviews

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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
Paul Brenner
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
Kent Turner
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
Tony Medley
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
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
June 23, 2008
...the film's inability to put a new spin on well-covered material... means the definitive work about this fascinating figure is yet to come.
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.
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.
Armond White
New York Press
June 25, 2008
Myth and piety are the film's guiding principles -- documenting truth isn't.
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David Fear
Time Out
June 26, 2008
Balancing the political and the personal is a smart idea, though the resulting togglethon ends up being the uneasiest of marriages.
| Original Score: 3/6
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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
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+
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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.
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
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
James Rocchi
October 18, 2008
An amazing primer on how to stand by your principles even as the unprincipled knock you around.
Edward Douglas
June 25, 2008
A fine counterpart to Good Night, and Good Luck and a unique amalgam of talking heads and theatrics, the story of Dalton Trumbo and how he and his family dealt with being blacklisted is an amazing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 22, 2008
Trumbo is most focused when it lets the man and his peers testify directly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Kam Williams
June 25, 2008
An overdue vindication of a true patriot and a timely reminder to continue challenging authority in the face of the Patriot Act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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