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J. Edgar Reviews

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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
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+
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
November 9, 2011
It is, quite simply, a poorly conceived and constructed film.
January 31, 2012
Isn't it high time that Eastwood cut loose and made that third Orangutan movie?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2012
A lumbering miscalculation...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
December 20, 2011
How Eastwood has managed to create so dull a film is actually quite stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 23, 2012
Clint Eastwood misses the target, again, with laboured, sombre drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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