J. Edgar Reviews

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June 20, 2013
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.
January 17, 2012
A pleasing, intelligent film happy to describe Hoover's behaviour as monstrous but too balanced and searching to damn him as a monster.
November 11, 2011
Somehow J. Edgar manages to be both epic and empty.
November 11, 2011
Usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to get completely away from him.
November 11, 2011
Although Hoover's luster faded as his career went on, Eastwood's movie seems wan from the start.
November 11, 2011
Here's that J. Edgar Hoover biopic you asked for, or at least something that meets all the technical requirements to be considered one.
February 8, 2019
J. Edgar is moving and informative, but more often, it seems trapped between wanting to illuminate and wanting to be discreet.
January 5, 2019
[J. Edgar Hoover] is brought to life... by DiCaprio, in a surprisingly mature performance.
December 13, 2018
Underwhelming performances, a lacklustre script and a pervading sense of drudgery prohibits J. Edgar from ever being truly engaging.
November 21, 2018
The acting is wonderful, as one would expect, but the story lacks punch.
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