Trumbo (2007)

A documentary adaptation of the popular regional theatrical monologue -- in which such heavyweights as Paul Newman, Nathan Lane, and Joe Mantegna essayed the lead on various occasions -- Trumbo recounts the life and times of legendary… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 10, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Trumbo celebrates the life and work of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo with measures of humor and sadness.

Jonathan F. Richards

The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a pleasure to meet a truly moral man in a documentary that rightly heralds his name.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The silver lining to 13 years of being blacklisted are all those incredible letters that we can now enjoy for their deft but basic truths.

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Robert Koehler

It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A ousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject.

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Bill Gibron

Like the great artist he is Trumbo's work speaks as loudly today as it did 50 years ago. Perhaps we should all listen.

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John Anderson

The film is an enlightening recap of '50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo's speeches and letters.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Although it glosses over a few relevant details, Trumbo also functions as a passionate defense of truth from a writer who embodied all of the virtues that America claims to value.

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Jennifer Merin

A portrait of Dalton Trumbo, the writer who defied HUAC. Joan Allen, Paul Giamatti, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn and Donald Sutherland, among others, read excerpts from Trumbo's letters. Moving and compelling. Must see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
I don't often seek out documentaries myself but this one is well worth the extra effort if you can find it. A compelling narrative about a courageous and… More
Walter M.
In the beginning, there was the word and in the end, there was only the word, which in the case of the documentary "Trumbo" are the letters and… More
Jeff Talbott
Fascinating man being given a not-quite-as-fascinating-as-he-is documentary treatment. But still, an amazing story.