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Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year. It thus tells roughly the same story as Bennett Miller's earlier Capote, recounting the events that belied the writer's six-year authorship of the seminal "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. The story opens with Capote (Toby Jones) visiting the site of the 1959 Clutter family homicide, on a Kansas research trip, accompanied by his close friend and colleague, author Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock). As Capote settles into the community,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?"
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Jones gets everything -- the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"The other-and possibly greater-Capote pic about the geneiss of In Cold Blood"
‑ Kristin M. Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"Toby Jones' uncanny portrayal of the short, effeminate writer with the funny voice, gives the film its credibility and compassion."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"With dyed hair and tattoos, Craig nails the incredible complexity of a man who juggles gentleness with violence. The relationship between Capote and Perry is overtly moving and there was a big lump in my throat as the final chapters played out."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The problem with Infamous isn't that it revisits Capote's turf -- it's that it does the same things well, and leaves the same unsatisfying holes."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Better than Capote"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Only Sandra Bullock shines as Harper Lee."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Why not accept Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee? As it turns out, she's quietly terrific. Most of the supporting actors are."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film benefits from three splendid performances: Toby Jones as Capote, an aggressively gay elf exuding a tosspot charm; Sandra Bullock as Nelle Harper Lee, a novelist who uses spoken words with quiet precision, and Daniel Craig as Perry."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Poor Toby Jones. In any other year, his work as Truman Capote would be in immediate awards contention."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Infamous doesn't feel like a remake. While it covers the same ground, the pitch is completely different. Where Capote was cool, distant and even antiseptic, Infamous is warmer and more emotionally fulfilling."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
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