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True Story (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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

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Critic Reviews for True Story

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (42)

Franco and Hill's early scenes together maintains intrigue for a while, but True Story never quite indicates that it has something compelling going on beneath the surface.

October 14, 2015 | Full Review…

What's the opposite of stealing a movie? Putting it back? Looking the other way? Laziness? Whatever it is, that's where I am with James Franco.

April 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Filming a drama about the compromises and conventions of storytelling, Goold falls prey to them. He lacks the pulp verve and the symbolic imagination to illuminate or even convey the characters' mysteries.

April 20, 2015 | Full Review…

It's as good as any work I've seen in a film in 2015, and "True Story" is one of the better movies to come along this year.

April 18, 2015 | Rating: 4.0

Attention, true crime addicts desperate for a new fix after Serial and The Jinx: This riveting and highly disturbing chiller will satiate your needs.

April 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Director Rupert Goold keeps things appropriately creepy, but True Story is no Capote.

April 17, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Story


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Beautifully shot in a crazy premise with proven actors that somehow ends up feeling pretty lacklustre. Not bad, just underdeveloped.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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A slow-burning but intriguing thriller with James Franco and Jonah Hill at the top of their game.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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