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.
November 10, 2011
Mr. Eastwood's ponderous direction, a clumsy script by Dustin Lance Black and ghastly slatherings of old-age makeup all conspire to put the story at an emotional and historical distance. It's a partially animated waxworks.
November 10, 2011
How believable is DiCaprio? When I first heard he had been cast as Hoover, I couldn't think of another actor physically less likely to pull it off. But he's surprisingly good.
November 10, 2011
Within the sprawling biopic that is J. Edgar beats the heart of a love story.
November 10, 2011
For all its virtues -- or, perhaps, because of them -- J. Edgar is a disappointment.
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