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J. Edgar Reviews

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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
Ben Kendrick
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
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
A decent take on one of America's most prolific political figures and people with an interest in American history will get a lot out of it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
February 23, 2012
DiCaprio keeps the film afloat, but J. Edgar lacks any real controversy and never fully reaches deep within the man's dark psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2012
the prolific veteran filmmaker, whose first feature as a director was released the same year as Spielberg's career kick-starter Duel (1971), enters his 80s with a rich and sophisticated biopic.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 28, 2012
La detallada y convincente actuación de Leo DiCaprio (bajo quilos de maquillaje) es el principal atractivo de esta biografía de J. Edgar Hoover. Es cuando se desnuda su alma torturada que la película alcanza sus momentos más intensos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 22, 2012
It's enjoyable, too evenly paced, and much inferior to Larry Cohen's 1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, a lively act of revenge starring Broderick Crawford as the pathetic, paranoid puritan.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 21, 2012
An elegant film from a classy filmmaker that will satisfy a discerning, intelligent audience
January 20, 2012
Unfortunately, most will come out of viewing this film none the wiser about Hoover, but their faith in another DiCaprio triumph will be further endorsed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
January 20, 2012
Eastwood rather deftly suggests a man who is both naive and repressed, while making it clear that what really drove him was his work - and his ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
January 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Liverpool Echo
January 20, 2012
Eastwood crafts a meticulous and elegiac portrait of the man, whose professional troubles were almost as fascinating as the rumours surrounding his close relationship with FBI assistant director Clyde Tolson.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 19, 2012
Without enough on-screen drama this can sometimes feel like a bum-numbing slog but it provides insight into Hoover's career, brought to life by a stunning DiCaprio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 19, 2012
Hoover has been portrayed for so long by the Left as a monster that it's refreshing to see Eastwood illuminate his achievements...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 19, 2012
The picture has many fine qualities and is a rewarding watch...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 19, 2012
J. Edgar is earnestly watchable. But it makes no contribution to a better understanding of Hoover...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 18, 2012
[DiCaprio] pulls off this utterly thankless task better than you would imagine and a third best actor Oscar nomination surely beckons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
January 18, 2012
J. Edgar is not without its flaws but remains worth watching thanks to a terrific central performance from DiCaprio and strong support from Armie Hammer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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