J. Edgar (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but J. Edgar stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.

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J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. -- (C) Warner Bros
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R
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Drama
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Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
as J. Edgar Hoover
Armie Hammer
as Clyde Tolson
Naomi Watts
as Helen Gandy
Josh Lucas
as Charles Lindbergh
Judi Dench
as Annie Hoover
Ed Westwick
as Agent Smith
Damon Herriman
as Bruno Hauptmann
Stephen Root
as Arthur Koehler
Jeffrey Donovan
as Robert Kennedy
Ken Howard
as Harlan Fiske Stone
Josh Hamilton
as Robert Irwin
Geoffrey Pierson
as Mitchell Palmer
Cheryl Lawson
as Palmer's Wife
Gunner Wright
as Dwight Eisenhower
David Cooper
as Franklin Roosevelt
Brady Matthews
as Inspector
Kaitlyn Dever
as Palmer's Daughter
Kelly Lester
as Head Secretary
Jack Donner
as Edgar's Father
Dylan Burns
as Hoover as a Child
Jordan Bridges
as Labor Dept. Lawyer
Jack Axelrod
as Caminetti
Jessica Hecht
as Emma Goldman
Josh Stamberg
as Agent Stokes
Michael James Faradie
as Bureau Agent (1919)
Christian Clemenson
as Inspector Schell
Billy Smith
as Secret Service Officer
Michael Rady
as Agent Jones
Scot Carlisle
as Agent Williams
Geoff Stults
as Raymond Caffrey
Sadie Calvano
as Edgar's Niece
Allen Nabors
as Agent Appel
Ryan McPartlin
as Lawrence Richey
William Bebow
as Mr. Walters
Joseph Culliton
as Credit Director
Tom Archdeacon
as Gangster
Mike Vaughn
as Balding Agent
Miles Fisher
as Agent Garrison
F. Stephen Schmidt
as NJ Officer
Dermot Mulroney
as Colonel Schwarzkopf
Zach Grenier
as John Condon
Johnny Cicco
as Young Agent
Denis O'Hare
as Albert Osborne
Kahil Dotay
as Elmer Irey
Lea Coco
as Agent Sisk
Scott C. Roe
as Wiretap Agent
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Hoover's Driver
Roberta Bassin
as Roosevelt's Secretary
Steve Monroe
as Restaurant Host
Sean Murphy
as Truck Driver
Gary Werntz
as Attorney General
David Clennon
as Senator Friendly
Michael O'Neill
as Senator McKellar
Eric Larkin
as Fred Hunter
Manu Intiraymi
as Alvin Karpis
Eric Frentzel
as William Mahan
Michael Klinger
as Harry Brunette
Evan Charest
as Reporter
Emily Alyn Lind
as Shirley Temple
Kyle Eastwood
as Stork Club Band
Joe Bagg
as Stork Club Band
Kye Palmer
as Stork Club Band
Jason Harnell
as Stork Club Band
Michael Gladis
as Stork Club Owner
Jamie Labarber
as Ginger Rogers
Lea Thompson
as Lela Rogers
Amanda Schull
as Anita Colby
Craig Zucchero
as Man at the Counter
Greg Hoyt
as Agent One
Jeff Cockey
as Agent Two
Gerald Downey
as FBI Agent
Brennan Coulter
as Newspaper Boy
Jenny Phagan
as Baker's Wife
Tommy Christensen
as Theatre Cashier
Chris Caputo
as Bronx Baker
Austin Basis
as Bank Teller
Adam Driver
as Walter Lyle
Shannon McClain
as African American Woman
Justin Alston
as African American Man
Eric Matheny
as Doctor
Ary Katz
as Agent Owens
Duncan Hood
as Radio Announcer
Aaron Lazar
as Prosecutor Wilentz
Ernest Heinz
as Jury Foreman
Teresa Hegji
as Hauptmann's Wife
Thomas Langston
as Young Boy
Robert C. Fleet
as Edgar's Mother's Doctor
Joe Keyes
as Edgar's Brother
Christopher Shyer
as Richard Nixon
Maxine Weldon
as Hoover's Maid
Larkin Campbell
as H.R. Haldemann
Mark Thomason
as Nixon Aide
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Critic Reviews for J. Edgar

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (48)

The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story. But the picture offered is muddled, cautious, and at cross purposes.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

A pleasing, intelligent film happy to describe Hoover's behaviour as monstrous but too balanced and searching to damn him as a monster.

Full Review… | January 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Somehow J. Edgar manages to be both epic and empty.

Full Review… | November 11, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to get completely away from him.

Full Review… | November 11, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Although Hoover's luster faded as his career went on, Eastwood's movie seems wan from the start.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Here's that J. Edgar Hoover biopic you asked for, or at least something that meets all the technical requirements to be considered one.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for J. Edgar

A complete disaster that portrays Hoover as a selfish, insecure and intolerant man but we never find out who he really was. Besides, the makeup is atrocious, while the overly desaturated cinematography and dragging pace keep the audience even more emotionally distant.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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½

Great performances by DiCaprio and Armie Hammer. The film is put together well.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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