True Story

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James Franco and Jonah Hill make a watchable pair, but True Story loses their performances -- and the viewer's interest -- in a muddled movie that bungles its fact-based tale.

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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel's relentless pursuit of Longo's true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption. (C) Fox

Cast

Jonah Hill
as Michael Finkel
James Franco
as Christian Longo
Felicity Jones
as Jill Barker
Ethan Suplee
as Pat Frato
Gretchen Mol
as Karen Hannen
Maria Dizzia
as MaryJane Longo
Conor Kikot
as Zach Longo
Charlotte Driscoll
as Sadie Longo
Stella Rae Payne
as Madison Longo
Robert John Burke
as Greg Ganley
Betty Gilpin
as Cheryl Frank
Robert Stanton
as Jeffrey Gregg
Byron Jennings
as Judge Odenkirk
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Critic Reviews for True Story

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (93)

  • It's a worthy addition to the true crime genre -- even if it leaves viewers questioning the meaning of "true."

    January 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • After the title is shown, the movie begins an unfortunate, gradual, steady decline.

    December 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • To see this story and these individuals played out by James Franco as Chris Longo and Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel is delicious...an interesting tacit visual duality/split screen at play here that director Rupert Goold masterfully elicits.

    December 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Doesn't feel like quite enough of a story, regardless of its purported truth.

    July 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A meditation on the mindset of fabulists like James Frey or Stephen Glass? A gripping psychological thriller? A takedown of every writer's dream about a memorable memoir? A good movie? On all counts, True Story rings false.

    June 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [The film's] minor misstep does little to take away from the film's impact on its viewers.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Story

  • Oct 03, 2016
    This is an interesting movie, but it seemed a little stretched out. At the beginning you are hooked but then you are just waiting for the end, which is a little bad. It was also overly vulgar at times as well, although the acting was good.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2015
    Jonah Hill puts in a solid performance and James Franco is always magnetic in this fascinating morality study about the responsibility of journalism to the truth and the often blurry line that separates facts and lies, even though the final scene is unnecessary and obvious.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2015
    Beautifully shot in a crazy premise with proven actors that somehow ends up feeling pretty lacklustre. Not bad, just underdeveloped.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    A slow-burning but intriguing thriller with James Franco and Jonah Hill at the top of their game.
    Liam G Super Reviewer

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