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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    This is an awesome performance in an outstanding film, a film worthy, if you can imagine, of the book at its heart.
  2. 100
    Philip Seymour Hoffman's precise, uncanny performance as Capote doesn't imitate the author so much as channel him, as a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds.
  3. Capote represents something unique in cinema.…Most eye-catching for critics and audiences in the weeks to come will be Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant metamorphosis into the persona of the late author.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Hoffman goes beyond the surface mannerisms and diction. He disappears into Capote.
  5. Miller and Futterman tell their story with plain, uninflected film language, permitting the ambiguities to surface. Theirs is not the anti-capital-punishment tract of Richard Brooks' excellent 1967 film "In Cold Blood." It is a story about an accomplice to crime who lived to tell the story.
  6. Indeed, it has to be one of the most eerie, morbidly absorbing and psychologically compelling movies ever made about a writer in the agonizing process of creating an important piece of literature.
  7. Aside from yet another solid performance from Catherine Keener-playing a Harper Lee just preparing to publish "To Kill a Mockingbird," and here to act as Capote's unheeded moral conscience-that's the ONLY reason to see Capote.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 87
  2. Negative: 7 out of 87
  1. Fantasy
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    Saw this movie yesterday and thought it was absolutely sensational. Philip Seymour Hoffman captured Truman Capote brilliantly. He deserves serious consideration for the Best Actor award. The ensemble cast pulled this off tremendously. Kudo's to all. Expand
  2. CuculizaO.
    Jan 24, 2006
    10
    Absolutely brilliant. Everything, from the outstading performances (every single one is flawless), to the designs, the director, the music. The plot is intriguing and though you get to know Mr.Capote as a self indulgent manipulative person, you understand him as a human being (thanks Phillip S.Hoffman for the best piece of acting in a long time). Something I really liked from this film is that it feels like a classic one, the story is told in a rythm that few can keep. Go and see it NOW. Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    10
    I've long admired the writings of Truman Capote (especially In Cold Blood). What Bennett Miller is able to accomplish is an extraordinary feat. Documenting Capote as he writes his infamous piece of non-fiction, we are guided in suspense by Dan Futterman's incredible script. Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives the finest performance of the year! Expand
  4. RobertC.
    Dec 29, 2005
    9
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman deserves every award possible for his portrayal of Truman Capote...This is a mesmerizing glimpse into one part of Capote's varied and troublesome life. Expand
  5. Mar 4, 2014
    8
    Philip Seymour Hoffman's greatest performance. His characterization of the famed writer is so uncanny that I still marvel at it. If that would be his only Oscar, let it be that one. The rest of the movie trails behind him, but delivers enough to satisfy and still stay with the plot and the acting. Clifton Collins Jr. also played well. Certainly overlooked, but by an amazing actor. Expand
  6. Matt
    Dec 6, 2005
    7
    No ambiguity about it
  7. SandraB.
    Apr 28, 2006
    0
    Are you people on crack or something? This movie is wildly overrated. I believe all of you had mistaken its dullness as something meaningful. A large portion of the movie was silent and tried to give some kind of thoughtful appearance when there was absolutely nothing to think about. It had no insight to Capote's life and as to why he was a weird depressed author who eventually died from alcoholism. There were absolutely no character development. If the director had tried then I can honestly tell you he failed. Also, Hoffman's acting was so atrociously over the top. It's digusting how people made this awful movie out as such a thoughtful, meaningful, and artful movie which it totally wasn't. Those people only scream PRETENTIOUS! This movie was trying so desperately to be meaningful, but it failed miserably. It is just a complete failure & disaster. Expand

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