Trumbo Reviews

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February 18, 2016
The film is a labour of love for Bryan Cranston, as Trumbo. As Hollywood's greatest screenwriter, embattled but not beaten, he embodies the old Hemingway definition of courage: "grace under pressure".
February 7, 2016
One day, perhaps, an HBO mini-series will tackle this cultural face-off and blow our minds. In the meantime, check out Trumbo.
February 5, 2016
Fast, funny, if a little flimsy.
February 4, 2016
Cranston is good, very good, here, but let down by a meandering drama that lacks cojones.
February 4, 2016
Trumbo is no masterpiece, but the story of a writer imprisoned in America for his political beliefs needed to be told.
November 27, 2015
We are left with the painful irony that a film about a screenwriter so good that Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger couldn't live without him suffers from a dull and slow-moving script.
November 26, 2015
Trumbo is ... a blast, even if the screenplay perversely lacks the energy of its title character, who is played with great wit and brio by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.
November 25, 2015
It's a period piece full of colorful characters, natty costumes, jaunty music.
November 20, 2015
The movie's main idea seems to be that, in the end, people prefer movies to ideas. Or at least ideologies.
November 20, 2015
A fun, highly watchable film.
November 19, 2015
Roach's direction is pedestrian. He turns the picture into an earnest primer of the issues of the era and a road map of how Trumbo slowly resuscitates his career ...
November 19, 2015
Cranston's performance is the motor that runs "Trumbo," and that motor never idles, never flags in momentum or magnetism or idealistic scorn.
November 19, 2015
Cranston shows Trumbo's public and private sides - giving full measure to his eccentricities without devolving into caricature.
November 12, 2015
Trumbo is a corny, well-made B-movie about an A-list screenwriter who had to take jobs writing B-movies after he was blacklisted, but eventually worked his way back to writing A-movies with Kirk Douglas a.k.a. Spartacus as his champion.
November 12, 2015
It's a history lesson told in breezy fashion, but that doesn't make it any less important.
November 12, 2015
The logistics of how Trumbo survived, fronting a stable of other blacklisted writers and churning out his own work under various aliases, make for a great yarn.
November 12, 2015
Cranston's connection with Trumbo's struggle and frustration, and with his streak of canny practicality, couldn't be stronger.
Top Critic
November 11, 2015
Bryan Cranston brings the complex personality of Trumbo to life with substance and humor.
November 6, 2015
Michael Stuhlbarg steals the movie as a beleagured Edward G. Robinson (who named names before the committee, including Trumbo's); and Helen Mirren is nicely acidic as the red-baiting gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
November 6, 2015
How could a movie about a great screenwriter have such a terrible screenplay?
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