J. Edgar
J. Edgar (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but J. Edgar stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to get completely away from him.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

J Edgar Hoover, at least as presented here, was not a particularly interesting or likeable individual. It gets boring quickly.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A pleasing, intelligent film happy to describe Hoover's behaviour as monstrous but too balanced and searching to damn him as a monster.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Although Hoover's luster faded as his career went on, Eastwood's movie seems wan from the start.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

A large, self-important, incident-by-incident biopic crammed with luxuriant period detail, laden with old-age make-up and powered by meticulous but riskless acting.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Somehow J. Edgar manages to be both epic and empty.

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Eric D. Snider

Here's that J. Edgar Hoover biopic you asked for, or at least something that meets all the technical requirements to be considered one.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It's a deeply silly movie. American history as kitsch, played out like a drag show.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A complete disaster that portrays Hoover as a selfish, insecure and intolerant man but we never find out who he really was. Besides, the makeup is atrocious,… More
Cynthia S.
A very believable portrait of a very unhappy person who could never accept himself. Excellent film, well written and acted, with DiCaprio giving an outstanding… More
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Sometimes you need to bend the rules a little in order to keep your country safe."</i> J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the FBI for… More
Christian C
Great performances by DiCaprio and Armie Hammer. The film is put together well.
Dan Schultz
A sensationally acted yet stone cold look at the start of the F.B.I. and its maker, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio). While DiCaprio gives yet another… More