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Infamous Reviews

July 2, 2009
This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 3, 2006
Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?
October 30, 2006
All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.
October 17, 2006
Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.
October 17, 2006
Jones gets everything -- the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell.
October 13, 2006
The problem with Infamous isn't that it revisits Capote's turf -- it's that it does the same things well, and leaves the same unsatisfying holes.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 13, 2006
The film benefits from three splendid performances: Toby Jones as Capote, an aggressively gay elf exuding a tosspot charm; Sandra Bullock as Nelle Harper Lee, a novelist who uses spoken words with quiet precision, and Daniel Craig as Perry.
October 13, 2006
It's a stellar cast, but you can't help but lament the bad timing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
No matter how noble the competitor, coming in second in a contest always feels like a lesser effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Infamous is quietly stolen by Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
[With Hoffman], it was easy to see Capote as someone truly extraordinary, perhaps a genius. Toby Jones... doesn't have that quality, though he does offer something almost as good: Watching him it's easy to believe he's really Truman Capote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
Infamous covers just enough new ground to be interesting, but it will always suffer by comparison.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2006
Even judged on its own, though, McGrath's movie feels slightly misjudged.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Jones wears the title role so well that you simply forget he's acting, which wasn't true of Philip Seymour Hoffman last year when he gave a performance that deserved its Oscar. If Jones fails to pick up an Oscar nomination, he should pitch a hissy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 13, 2006
British actor Toby Jones is so physically right in the role, you'll think Capote is playing himself.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
When Infamous is on, it's really on. It's much more celebratory of Capote's unequaled, larger-than-life spirit, which can be a joy to watch.
October 13, 2006
Unlike its coolly detached brother, Infamous is right in your face, as amusing in flashes, and annoying for stretches, as any shallow little tyke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Infamous is a well-made movie about a fascinating character, and if it weren't essentially a repeat of last year's Capote it would likely be one of the hot flicks in filmdom right now.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 13, 2006
McGrath focuses on Capote's own divided soul, where massive insecurity co-exists with great courage.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
In the early going, Infamous can be generously entertaining and quite funny. But McGrath gradually blends serious ingredients into this comic souffle of chatter and gloss.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 13, 2006
Infamous is one of the funniest sad movies in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2006
What begins as a mischievous frolic gradually becomes a sad tale about a sad man.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 13, 2006
In the end, Infamous turns out to be the third-best movie built around the murders of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kan., in 1959.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
Ultimately, as a cautionary tale about fictionalized journalism, it's a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2006
Rarely do battling productions -- these two were shot mere months apart -- result in equally valid films, but that's the case here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2006
The picture gives off a tone of arch stylization that plays as artificial, overwrought and off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2006
A riveting, well-made picture for the few of you who still remember those quaint, antiquarian objects called 'books' and recall the vanished age when they were really important.
October 12, 2006
Bullock's warm, wise and penetrating presence as the To Kill a Mockingbird author -- Capote childhood friend, assistant and conscience -- is the soul of McGrath's sumptuously art-directed (by Judy Becker) and scored (by Rachel Portman) film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2006
Infamous isn't able to convey the great sense of guilt and responsibility Capote wrestled with -- he needed a man who trusted him to die in order to finish his book -- becoming instead a more superficial and pedestrian tale of doomed love.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2006
Far from vanishing in its predecessor's wake, Infamous demonstrates how a potent story can inspire distinctly different interpretations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2006
Toby Jones, the British actor with the impossible task of following an Oscar winner, gives a stellar, idiosyncratic performance as Capote.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2006
Jones has a few moments of resonant pathos near the end and the film is entertaining enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 12, 2006
It's a literate and meticulously argued film in its own right, but one that would be best appreciated by those who missed the first one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2006
There is no reason to choose between Bennett Miller's Capote, which came out almost exactly a year ago, and Douglas McGrath's Infamous, which opens today... Both stand out above the biopic pack.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2006
It's the one closest in spirit to Capote himself, the fabulist whose very conception of In Cold Blood as a 'nonfiction novel' stemmed from the wisdom that reality is rarely as tantalizing as fantasy.
October 12, 2006
By the end ... Infamous more or less finds itself, after trying a little bit of everything.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2006
Once he gets to the Midwest, the movie's arch tone becomes tiresome and, more importantly, out of place.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 11, 2006
Infamous is infinitely fascinating, cinematically breathtaking and largely impeccable.
October 11, 2006
A goggly interest in gossip becomes the glittering gimmick of Infamous, as well as its undoing as a work that can measure up to the rigorous, sophisticated understatement of Bennett Miller's Capote.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 11, 2006
Capote was at times cool and antiseptic, but Infamous is warmer and more emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2006
It can't withstand the comparisons [to Capote]. It's good, especially during its first half, just not good enough.
October 9, 2006
Neither movie [about Capote] gives you the whole picture, but it's fun to see them both and rearrange the pieces in your head.
October 5, 2006
Jones looks more like the small, impish Capote than Hoffman does -- he has the nasal whine down pat -- but his performance fails to cut as deep into the complexities of the man. Neither does the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2006
Regardless of the liberties taken, there was an integrity and character-complexity to the 2005 release that's missing from this glossier biopic.
August 31, 2006
A second look at Truman Capote's journey to write In Cold Bloo that against all odds is as good as Capote.