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J. Edgar Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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+
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
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
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
Top Critic
Mark Rabinowitz
CNN.com
November 9, 2011
It is, quite simply, a poorly conceived and constructed film.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 31, 2012
Isn't it high time that Eastwood cut loose and made that third Orangutan movie?
Grae Drake
Movies.com
November 11, 2011
It's not often that a Clint Eastwood movie ends and the first words out my mouth are, "That's it?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
November 11, 2011
I suppose the ultimate failings of J. Edgar have to be laid at the feet of Clint Eastwood, which I hate to do because he continues to hold the title of 'senior citizen you'd least want to tangle with in a bar fight.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 24, 2012
DiCaprio and Hammer work hard, but under Eastwood's half-hearted direction they merely seem like teenagers - wearing their father's suits, and with talcum powder salt-and-peppering their hair - out of their depth on a high school stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
January 20, 2012
Hoover was one of the darkest figures in US history but Eastwood and his scriptwriter have forgiven all in a hazy resignation to old age coming to everyone and love being what matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
February 9, 2012
Clint Eastwood's direction lacks focus, most notably in the film's pacing which makes J. Edgar's two-hour-plus running time feel even longer than it is,
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
November 10, 2011
A dreary slog through 40 years of history that were nowhere near as dull as what's onscreen here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
November 9, 2011
An occasionally dull and rarely engaging run-of-the-mill biopic, J. Edgar plays things far too safe for a story about one of the most polarizing figures in American history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 9, 2011
J. Edgar Hoover is an unpleasant guy, and spending two-plus hours with him is not a fun experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 11, 2011
We get straightforward narration and expository dialogue that introduces each time-traveling vignette and dictates Hoover's tiresome "me versus them" rationalizations for whatever unscrupulous thing he did to stop them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2011
Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is a lumbering miscalculation, a slow and clumsy re-think of the late F.B.I. founder J. Edgar Hoover's life and career that views his him through the lens of his alleged homosexuality.
| Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 29, 2012
A lumbering miscalculation...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 13, 2011
Long-winded and trite, this two-and-a-half-hour exercise in Oscar bait plays like a dramatized Wikipedia entry that hasn't been edited for innuendo, half-truths and self-serving revisionism.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
December 20, 2011
How Eastwood has managed to create so dull a film is actually quite stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
January 23, 2012
Clint Eastwood misses the target, again, with laboured, sombre drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
November 5, 2011
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Amy Taubin
Artforum
August 4, 2015
There are few films to which the much-overused slogan "The personal is political" is better applied.
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