Foxcatcher

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 16, 2015
    60
    Foxcatcher isn't a film many viewers will clamor to rewatch. It's too chilly a film for that. At the same time, it's one that will suck them in -- and it will hold them while they're there.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jan 5, 2015
    60
    It’s hard to say exactly what’s at fault here: the performances are flawless – Carell fully justifies his unlikely casting, while Ruffalo is as dependable as ever – and the script is astute, intimate and at times shocking. But there’s just no real life in the film.
  3. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Nov 12, 2014
    58
    The movie reaches for big insights about America’s obsession with winning and the dangers of unchecked entitlement, while simultaneously treating its real-life subjects like the stars of a Greek tragedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Dec 17, 2014
    50
    Whatever the case, Foxcatcher provides little insight. Art can shape the truth in ways that resonate beyond the obvious. Regrettably, the truth-shaping here grapples for significance, without any apparent aim. Catch as catch can.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 20, 2014
    50
    The experience of watching Foxcatcher is of constantly waiting for something to happen — and of giving up, long before something actually does.
  6. 50
    The movie’s take at times is fascinating. But it’s basically one long, sick joke played at half speed. It’s a ponderous, sick joke.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 23, 2014
    40
    Once Miller lays all his cards on the table, however, you realize you haven’t been watching people struggling with the very real temptations of unchecked privilege, so much as fumbling blindly in a glib, gloomy satire of American exceptionalism.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 303 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 80
  2. Negative: 14 out of 80
  1. Nov 15, 2014
    10
    Thoroughly written, directed and acted. "Foxcatcher" is Bennett Miller's finest work, and Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and the incredibleThoroughly written, directed and acted. "Foxcatcher" is Bennett Miller's finest work, and Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and the incredible Steve Carell are at top of their game. One of the best films of the year! Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2014
    3
    The critics were overly kind with their reviews, or... they were paid. Aside from the 3 'characters' that were well played, butThe critics were overly kind with their reviews, or... they were paid. Aside from the 3 'characters' that were well played, but underdeveloped, there is not much story here or point. Viewers are left scratching their heads... what did i just watch? what happened? why? I was very disappointed that there was no insight in to the characters or what the point was. Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2014
    4
    I agree with foxgrove, unfortunately. Mark Ruffalo is outstanding (totally convincing as older brother Dave Shultz), and he's more thanI agree with foxgrove, unfortunately. Mark Ruffalo is outstanding (totally convincing as older brother Dave Shultz), and he's more than reason enough to endure the tedious slog that is the majority of the film. Carrell isn't bad, but he's a rich, strange zombie who doesn't do a whole lot - and I felt like this story could have been told in half the time. The Wrestler touched on a few of the same themes, but it handled the story with a much more deft touch. Full Review »