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J. Edgar Reviews

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October 4, 2017
Unfortunately the make-up on DiCaprio and Armie Hammer's elder J. Edgar and Clyde was distractingly awful, so in the end, I guess the dress-up feel to the film couldn't be avoided.
September 6, 2017
Not even Leo in top form can stop you clock-watching during this lengthy biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2017
I'm just not sure even Eastwood knows exactly what to think of Hoover. As a result, "J. Edgar" is a deeply unbalanced film.
October 24, 2016
Anyone smell an Oscar?
July 3, 2016
J Edgar Hoover, at least as presented here, was not a particularly interesting or likeable individual. It gets boring quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2016
A large, self-important, incident-by-incident biopic crammed with luxuriant period detail, laden with old-age make-up and powered by meticulous but riskless acting.
May 3, 2015
It's a deeply silly movie. American history as kitsch, played out like a drag show.
September 26, 2013
With noirish lighting and most of the running time spent inside offices or cramped domestic rooms, Eastwood keeps the film claustrophobic, sometimes unpleasantly intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
May 26, 2013
DiCaprio never measures up to the task of creating a plausible interpretation of what enabled Hoover to be both heroic and maniacal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 29, 2012
A lumbering miscalculation...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2012
Regardless of how you may feel about the film's vision of Hoover's private life, you have to respect J. Edgar for the conviction of its depiction. Very much like the resolve of the despotic man it so vividly portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 2, 2012
J. Edgar provides an intriguing look at one of America's icons but Eastwood fails to deliver a cohesive narrative or enough compelling insight into his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2012
There is no better way to summarise the ways in which Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic fails: J. Edgar is just boring. It just is. It looks boring, it sounds boring, it feels boring, it IS boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2012
The consistently negative study of Hoover, along with pell-mell story telling and a melodramatic and silly gay romance, make J. Edgar a disappointing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
July 12, 2012
Self-serving, self-indulgent and about as dramatically effective as a school play.
June 20, 2012
Hoover's magnetism derives from his intellect, certainty, power, and sense for myth-making, and DiCaprio bears that out with a performance of a man who himself may be constantly performing as though he has nothing to hide.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 6, 2012
Despite the odd sharp observation, somehow J. Edgar comes off like the Max Fischer Players' production of Serpico... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2012
A failure, but an interesting failure when you step back and contemplate the project as a whole. Not really anybody's idea of a good time at the cinema that, though, is it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 10, 2012
Needless to say, as J Edgar ages, DiCaprio flounders. It is simply preposterous for him to play a 77-year-old man! All the elderly prosthetic make-up in the world cannot disguise his adolescent cheekbones from beaming through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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