True Story Reviews

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January 9, 2020
It's a worthy addition to the true crime genre -- even if it leaves viewers questioning the meaning of "true."
December 11, 2019
After the title is shown, the movie begins an unfortunate, gradual, steady decline.
December 8, 2019
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.
July 20, 2019
Doesn't feel like quite enough of a story, regardless of its purported truth.
June 24, 2019
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.
May 10, 2019
[The film's] minor misstep does little to take away from the film's impact on its viewers.
December 8, 2018
Franco is a curious presence on-screen and fans of his work will enjoy a more subdued performance, even though the payoff has meager results.
November 2, 2018
the film is good; as a fictional story, however, it could have been incredible. Without the albatross of the true story, and some dramatic enhancements, the movie could go from good to great.
August 30, 2018
Overall the film is entertaining and absorbing, leaving the theater I was struck by the fact that I wanted more.
August 21, 2018
With standout performances from both Hill and Franco, this well-written and deftly directed film is not to be missed.
February 14, 2018
Franco... tries unsuccessfully to create tension and excitement around his character, achieving exactly the opposite. He looks as if he's reciting the telephone book. Hill, often a surprisingly fine actor, also dials in his performance.
December 2, 2017
Essentially, the results and ending of True Story will most likely frustrate viewers but there's no denying that James Franco and Jonah Hill deliver captivating performances
November 22, 2017
Both stars remain watchable throughout, Hill and Franco cast in cunning opposition to what their respective appearances might suggest.
October 30, 2017
It's not the grim subject matter that is the problem, as much as its clumsy, mildly pretentious execution, coupled with some nigh-on disastrous casting decisions.
October 12, 2017
[Goold] and his team do solid work keeping the movie from seeming stagey despite its focus on two characters talking to each other.
October 10, 2017
True Story is completely missable.
September 1, 2017
... True Story just never feels like it gets anywhere.
August 16, 2017
Sadly, it is the viewer who spots such truths early on, observing the rest of the film from a cold distance.
June 27, 2017
True Story is never flat-out boring. The situation's inherent fascination exudes a certain power. But when the most involving scene is a made-up encounter between Jones (hugely under-used) and Franco, well, you know something's off.
July 12, 2016
A fine, engrossing procedural drama.
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