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True Confessions Reviews

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½ January 26, 2013
Good movie. But, this movie scared me. It made me afraid to be or live alone.
December 14, 2012
This has to be one of the most under-rated yet best performances from two actors who are known for dominant characters. The story is a great study of power and its abuse (even when unintentional or with the best of intentions) and is a quiet period piece that relies on story more than anything else.
November 2, 2012
disappointing script but the two leads hold it up
July 3, 2012
The only good part of this movie was probably Robert Duvall's acting .
½ March 12, 2012
Feels more like an off pace gangster flick without the mob.
½ February 24, 2012
The problem with True Confessions is that it is just so dull and unengaging. The great shame of it is that De Niro and Duvall are barely required to get out of their comfort zone. The result is flat and unremarkable.
Super Reviewer
½ January 22, 2012
"True Confessions" is one of the slowest films I've seen. And not only is it slow, but it has virtually no climax or plot and the ending just sort of happens. That being said, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall give some good performances (the latter doing a better job) and there are some scenes that are particularly interesting, not to mention that the production design is impeccable.
December 21, 2011
A great cast couldn't save "True Confessions", dry tone, the dialogue is so thick and drawn out the plot is exceptional hard to follow, If you catch on though, you'll realize its really not that interesting either.
December 20, 2011
De Niro and Duvall are brothers -- one a successful Catholic priest, the other a homicide detective, connected also through a murder investigation and its likely suspects -- well done movie, where one actually has to pay attention to the plot and dialogue.
½ December 4, 2011
True Confessions is a masterful film. It is about a worldly ambitious monsignor who clashes with his brother, a cynical L.A. homicide detective who investigates the brutal murder of a young prostitute. Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Ulu Grosbard did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this movie because of the drama. True Confessions is a must see.
½ August 7, 2011
Two exciting, dangerous actors have little to do: Duvall spends too much time pacing and waiting; De Niro's big scene has him hanging up his vestments.
July 20, 2011
Great cast and a good atmosphere throughout the film but also a rather slow and dull film.
June 13, 2011
Good acting and intelligent story make up for the disappointing ending.
June 9, 2011
"Sanglantes confessions"
½ March 26, 2011
De Niro as a priest is a total waste.
February 12, 2011
Como no ver una pelicula donde salen De Niro y Duvall como hermanos? Ambos dan solidas actuaciones, pero la pelicula nunca me atrapo para enserio invertir curiosidad o interes por los personajes, a esto no le ayudo que el final fuera decepcionante, porque esperaba una gran y 'verdadera confesion', la cual nunca llega, solo nos deja con un signo de interrogacion y pensamos, ahi termino?.
January 31, 2011
Ulu Grosbard directs Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall in a murder mystery based in the 1940's. It centers loosely around the Black Dahlia murders, deals with the political themes of the church, and also shows the contrasting lives of two brothers. It has the look and finished touches of the 40's. It certainly has the talent. What sets up as a sure shot winner ultimately takes the easy way out and we're stuck wondering why. I want to know what happened here because this could have been a classic. The slow pace and mottled events takes on no real shape. It is simply not interesting enough for its potential. The film has a story that even it can't stick with, it has no heart. It is as passive of a movie as you can find. Duvall chums up some action with Charles Durning (he is one of the stand out features) and gets us focusing on their next move but it never really takes place. We get introduced to some of the sketchy call girls but that is a disappointing avenue as well. De Niro never shows us the end of his patience with the corruption he finds himself surrounded by and we just get to see a dusty aftermath somewhere in the desert. While I can only really appreciate the time that both Bobs shared on screen together discussing the diluted plot details, the rest is choppy and the real mystery remains: how on earth could this formula get fouled up? (D)
January 21, 2011
I know... I know...

Only 2 stars for a film with Bobby DeNiro and Robbie Duvall at (arguably) the height of their careers???? Well, to be fair, both these guys are at the top of their game in TRUE CONFESSIONS. Each man shows up on screen and acts his little heart out. They are each completely invested in their respective roles and they definitely put on an actor's clinic.... but ask yourself this:

Why haven't you ever heard of this film?

The problem is that there isn't enough development in the story to keep your interest. The cast is brilliant with vetrans like Charles Durning and Burgess Meredith adding considerable wattage to the production... The sets are as authentic as you can get for 1940's America (short of filming in actual, 1940's America)... and coupled with these already, deceivingly strong elements, the basic plotline actually reads like something that could easily capture your attention for a scant 2 hrs.


But TRUE CONFESSIONS is the absolute, diametrical opposite of this.

TRUE CONFESSIONS is a "negative" gestalt, given flesh on the screen. It is simply not, in any way, the sum of all of it's parts. It is far, far less. Hollywood has taken the best ingredients at it's disposal, thrown it all into a pot, raised everyone's expectations............. and burnt the offering.

Despite the potential for great character driven conflict amongst characters, the story doesn't stress the complexities of these relationships deeply enough. As a viewer, you are simply given an unchallenging, straightforward path to follow from start to finish that unfortunately, requires very little effort on your part.

TRUE CONFESSIONS is shot in true, "film noir" style... and it tries to deliver with genre-typical, slow burn storytelling... but the problem is that the slow-burn pacing in this piece isn't just slow, it's positively glacial. It then further punishes it's faithful, long-suffering audience with the ultimate insult - - an unsatisfying ending.

I watched this for DeNiro and Duvall... but unlike other films they've been in, I'll not likely watch TRUE CONFESSIONS ever again.
Super Reviewer
½ January 5, 2011
With all the talent in front of the camera there is no way this should be as inert as it is. Visually impressive drama is not terrible but lumbers along to an indifferent conclusion. Watch L.A. Confidental, which presents a simiilar story in a superior manner, instead.
January 4, 2011
Brotherhood, catholic power-broking, and a murder that doesn't need to be solved.
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