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Infamous Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 2, 2009
This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 3, 2006
Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2006
All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2006
Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 13, 2006
It's a stellar cast, but you can't help but lament the bad timing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 13, 2006
Infamous is quietly stolen by Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 13, 2006
Infamous covers just enough new ground to be interesting, but it will always suffer by comparison.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 13, 2006
Even judged on its own, though, McGrath's movie feels slightly misjudged.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 13, 2006
British actor Toby Jones is so physically right in the role, you'll think Capote is playing himself.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 13, 2006
McGrath focuses on Capote's own divided soul, where massive insecurity co-exists with great courage.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 13, 2006
Infamous is one of the funniest sad movies in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2006
What begins as a mischievous frolic gradually becomes a sad tale about a sad man.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2006
Far from vanishing in its predecessor's wake, Infamous demonstrates how a potent story can inspire distinctly different interpretations.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 12, 2006
Toby Jones, the British actor with the impossible task of following an Oscar winner, gives a stellar, idiosyncratic performance as Capote.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 12, 2006
By the end ... Infamous more or less finds itself, after trying a little bit of everything.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 12, 2006
Once he gets to the Midwest, the movie's arch tone becomes tiresome and, more importantly, out of place.
| Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 11, 2006
Infamous is infinitely fascinating, cinematically breathtaking and largely impeccable.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 11, 2006
Capote was at times cool and antiseptic, but Infamous is warmer and more emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 10, 2006
It can't withstand the comparisons [to Capote]. It's good, especially during its first half, just not good enough.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Rooney
Variety
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.