Capote

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88

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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 218 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 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.
  2. 100
    Actor-turned-writer Dan Futterman's smart, subtle screenplay, which explores both Capote's determination to turn murder into literature and the deeply troubling questions he raised in the process.
  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. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    Catherine Keener is remarkably subtle and soulful as Capote's friend and helpmeet Harper Lee, who delivers a shocking verdict against him at the end, but the movie, as you probably will not be surprised to learn, is owned by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  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: 67 out of 88
  2. Negative: 7 out of 88
  1. JaneO.
    Oct 27, 2005
    10
    Will be on my all-time best movies list.
  2. DavidW.
    Jan 5, 2006
    10
    Best movie of the year and yes, I have seen Brokeback. More perfect than any other and Hoffman's acting is at the center of that perfection.
  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 extraordinaryI'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. RhettW.
    Dec 28, 2005
    9
    Philip Seymour Hoffman is "spooky" good.
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    8
    Just absolutely brilliant. Philip Seymour Hoffman is impeccable as Truman Capote, as well as the rest of the cast. Director Bennett MillerJust absolutely brilliant. Philip Seymour Hoffman is impeccable as Truman Capote, as well as the rest of the cast. Director Bennett Miller sure has a knack for biopics, as both this as "Moneyball" are amazing works. With this film, it is most certainly slow and it took a bit to hook me in, but once I was hooked, I was two feet in until the end. Expand
  6. AaronS
    Oct 31, 2005
    7
    Decent enough film that happens to have an amazing performance from Hoffman. I do believe we'll hear his name called out for a Best Decent enough film that happens to have an amazing performance from Hoffman. I do believe we'll hear his name called out for a Best Actor nom come Oscar nomination time. Slighly overrated film prehaps, but a great showcase for Hoffman. Expand
  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. 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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