J. Edgar
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J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story. But the picture offered is muddled, cautious, and at cross purposes."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to get completely away from him."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"With noirish lighting and most of the running time spent inside offices or cramped domestic rooms, Eastwood keeps the film claustrophobic, sometimes unpleasantly intimate."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Regardless of how you may feel about the film's vision of Hoover's private life, you have to respect J. Edgar for the conviction of its depiction. Very much like the resolve of the despotic man it so vividly portrays."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"Self-serving, self-indulgent and about as dramatically effective as a school play."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A pleasing, intelligent film happy to describe Hoover's behaviour as monstrous but too balanced and searching to damn him as a monster."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Although Hoover's luster faded as his career went on, Eastwood's movie seems wan from the start."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"DiCaprio never measures up to the task of creating a plausible interpretation of what enabled Hoover to be both heroic and maniacal."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"J. Edgar provides an intriguing look at one of America's icons but Eastwood fails to deliver a cohesive narrative or enough compelling insight into his subject."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Hoover's magnetism derives from his intellect, certainty, power, and sense for myth-making, and DiCaprio bears that out with a performance of a man who himself may be constantly performing as though he has nothing to hide."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Somehow J. Edgar manages to be both epic and empty."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Here's that J. Edgar Hoover biopic you asked for, or at least something that meets all the technical requirements to be considered one."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Film.com
"A lumbering miscalculation..."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The consistently negative study of Hoover, along with pell-mell story telling and a melodramatic and silly gay romance, make J. Edgar a disappointing film."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Despite the odd sharp observation, somehow J. Edgar comes off like the Max Fischer Players' production of Serpico... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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