True Story

2015, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 1h 44m

171 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) loses his job when it's revealed that he was not entirely truthful in a cover story he wrote on contemporary slave trading in Africa. His world collapses even further when he learns he's a victim of identity theft; a man named Christian Longo (James Franco) assumed Finkel's name and stood accused of murdering his own family. Seeing a way to rebuild his shattered reputation, Finkel meets with Longo to hear his story.

Cast & Crew

Jonah Hill
Michael Finkel
James Franco
Christian Longo
Maria Dizzia
Mary Jane Longo
Connor Kikot
Zach Longo
Stella Rae Payne
Madison Longo
Byron Jennings
Judge Odenkirk
Betty Gilpin
Cheryl Frank
Robert Stanton
Jeffrey Gregg
Rupert Goold
Screenwriter
David Kajganich
Screenwriter
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Masanobu Takayanagi
Cinematographer
Jeremy Hindle
Production Design
Marco Beltrami
Original Music
Catherine Marie Thomas
Costume Designer
Deborah Jensen
Art Director
David Schlesinger
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Critic Reviews for True Story

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (60) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (94)

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  • 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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