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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Robert Koehler
Variety
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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John Anderson
Newsday
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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+
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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
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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-
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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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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 25, 2008
The readings of Dalton Trumbo's letters to family and friends are starkly rendered-famous faces...recite rousing missives without the aid of sets or props of any kind save for Trumbo's own thunderous proclamations in defense of free speech.
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Entertainment Weekly
September 10, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B+