True Story Reviews

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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 14, 2015
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.
July 16, 2015
Uninspired and self-conscious performances from Jonah Hill and James Franco are part of what's wrong with this exasperating and unenlightening film ...
July 16, 2015
An anaemic true crime story which its high-rolling leads are unable to save with their star wattage.
April 24, 2015
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 20, 2015
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 18, 2015
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 17, 2015
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
Director Rupert Goold keeps things appropriately creepy, but True Story is no Capote.
April 17, 2015
True Story digs deeper into the cultural fascination with killers and attempts a potent corrective along the way, reminding us who's been lost but also how justice isn't just another gripping procedural.
April 17, 2015
Longo's character remains not just opaque, but uninteresting, while Finkel's gets endless, useless attention. As fascinating as he may have been to himself, the movie never conveys that appeal to us.
April 17, 2015
You could easily imagine Hill and Franco in a parody version, with Franco, like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, crossing and uncrossing his legs to each probing question.
April 17, 2015
Jones delivers her moral righteousness with a passion the rest of the film lacks. Otherwise, this is just the story of an awful human and the dupe who loved him.
April 16, 2015
Never mind the facts. True Story, slick and shaky, doesn't know where the truth lies.
April 16, 2015
Unfortunately this "Story" never finds its footing as either a creepy morality play or a performance-driven two-hander.
April 16, 2015
Leads with its chin from the title on down and which turns a startling tale of true crime and false identities into a heavy-breathing drama that, ironically, fails to convince.
April 16, 2015
This is chilling material, and Hill and Franco make sure the story packs a wallop.
April 16, 2015
The real story of Christian Longo and Michael Finkel might be a fascinating and disturbing tale of crime, curiosity and journalistic ethics, but that's not what this movie is.
April 16, 2015
"True Story" rings false from start to finish.
April 16, 2015
Lightweight script doesn't help a grandiose premise.
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