Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 14, 2015
    100
    Miller unravels this story with the grim inevitability of a death row vigil, but not without flashes of sly humor.
  2. 100
    The triumph of Foxcatcher is not in the subject but in its art. The clear-eyed compassion and moral intelligence of Miller’s film brings sense to the senseless, and finds the human pulse behind the tabloid shock. It’s not a movie to make you feel good, but, at moments, it reminds you what goodness is.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 22, 2014
    100
    Foxcatcher is a story of wealth and the lack of it, of family connection and disconnection. But more than anything, it is a story of a mind unraveling. The result is devastating drama for those of us looking on.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 22, 2014
    100
    Foxcatcher exerts a mesmerizing pull, not only because it affords the chance to witness three fine actors working at the height of their powers, but also because it so steadfastly resists the urge to clutter up empty space with the filigree of gratuitous imagery and chatter.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 14, 2014
    100
    The story is so powerfully observed that it does indeed become larger than itself – an American tragedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 13, 2014
    100
    A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the American dream and does not like what it sees.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 13, 2014
    100
    The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives.
  8. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 23, 2014
    100
    If the screenplay, by Dan Futterman (“Capote”) and E. Max Frye, is relatively spare in terms of dialogue, it’s satisfyingly rich and thorny in its conception of the tightly wound triangle at its center, while Miller’s direction evinces the same sustained intensity and consummate control of his material that defined his first two features.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 23, 2014
    100
    Mesmerizing in its incremental layering of a bizarre, tragic and thoroughly warped character study, Foxcatcher sees director Bennett Miller well surpassing even the fine work he did in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball.
  10. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 23, 2014
    100
    With Foxcatcher, [Miller] has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. Foxcatcher is an enormous film.
  11. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 23, 2014
    100
    Miller finds grand, America-describing themes in the interactions between these three men: the extraordinary influence of inherited wealth, the hunkered-down ambition of working-class athletes, the equation of material success with honour and moral rectitude.
  12. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 23, 2014
    100
    Carell, in a rare but not unique departure into drama, proves himself as accomplished at tragedy as he is at comedy.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 23, 2014
    100
    It is a gripping film: horrible, scary and desperately sad.
  14. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 23, 2014
    91
    Though anchored by a affecting and sullen turn by Channing Tatum, the movie derives its primary discomfiting power from Steve Carell in a revelatory performance as a monster of American wealth.
  15. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 13, 2014
    90
    Mr. Miller does his finest work with his three superb leads.
  16. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 12, 2014
    90
    Foxcatcher is another strange and compelling anthropological drama from Miller, a director with evident expertise at enabling Oscar-worthy star performances.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 22, 2014
    88
    If you don’t know the true story, we won’t spoil it for you except to say that it’s not the expected outcome. But if you’re willing to be thrown for a loop, you’re in good hands with this medal-worthy cast and crew.
  18. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 18, 2014
    88
    Foxcatcher is too cold of a movie to love, but that chilliness is intentional and transfixing, a parable about the darkest corners of the minds of men that dares to whisper instead of shout.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 25, 2014
    88
    The movie’s tone is hushed, restrained; emotional damage is crammed way back where no one can see it yet defines everything through a murky prism.
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 20, 2014
    88
    Foxcatcher is a disturbing and memorable film.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 14, 2014
    88
    Foxcatcher might just be the feel-bad movie of the year. But it's so well-acted that audiences won't want to miss its dark, chilling yet restrained story. A little less muting of this outlandish true-to-life tale, however, might have made it even more mesmerizing.
  22. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 12, 2014
    88
    It’s an amalgam of dramatic all-American themes including ambition, paranoia, greed and the ice cubes in the blood that fuel the ruthless pursuit of success in the competitive world of sports. Color it hair-raising.
  23. 88
    Carell, though, is the real shock to the system here. He is quirky, queer in the old fashioned sense, and pathetically funny.
  24. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 23, 2014
    88
    Of Bennett Miller's many directorial feats, his canniest is his depiction of the precariousness of bonds, and how those bonds can shift, drastically yet almost imperceptibly.
  25. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 20, 2014
    88
    Nothing short of fascinating.
  26. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Dec 19, 2014
    83
    Foxcatcher has a sober, chilly vibe that's completely at odds with the sport of wrestling and the men and women who love it.
  27. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 23, 2014
    83
    These performances are beyond reproach, which makes it even stranger that the film never quite turns into the crushing experience it feels like it should be.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 226 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 65
  2. Negative: 12 out of 65
  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 »