Foxcatcher

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 303 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 23, 2014
    100
    It is a gripping film: horrible, scary and desperately sad.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 20, 2014
    88
    Nothing short of fascinating.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 13, 2014
    80
    Foxcatcher is a radical departure from Mr. Miller’s previous feature, the smart and entertaining “Moneyball.” It isn’t meant as conventional entertainment, but it’s fascinating to watch from start to finish.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 15, 2014
    70
    As powerful as Foxcatcher can be scene to scene, there’s something maddeningly indistinct about it at times, as if the details that would make it all make sense remain somehow inaccessible to us.
  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.

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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! Expand
  2. Jan 23, 2015
    9
    If you want to see Steve Carell being a creepy **** then this is the movie for you. If you want to see wrestlers grapple and slap each otherIf you want to see Steve Carell being a creepy **** then this is the movie for you. If you want to see wrestlers grapple and slap each other on the head and eat cake and smash mirrors and run through forests and observe the equine wildlife through binoculars and inhale cocaine and respect the bird wildlife and watch the history of the du pont family then this is the movie for you. If you want to see channing tatum hit himself repeatedly then this is the movie for you.

    For me it had to be Mark ruffalos neck beard that made this a must watch for me. Ruffalo's beard's performance was outstanding, it completely overshadowed Tatum's performance.

    This movie gets a 9.734 out of ten for me but metacritic will only let me give whole number score so i give it 10. Congratulations ruffalo beard.
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  3. Mar 10, 2015
    8
    Calling Steve Carell character (John du Pont) creepy is me being to nice. This guy is just chilling, unsettling, disturbing and can't stand toCalling Steve Carell character (John du Pont) creepy is me being to nice. This guy is just chilling, unsettling, disturbing and can't stand to watch sometimes.

    The film Foxcatcher is Based on the true story of Mark and Dave Schultz - brothers and Olympic championship wrestlers, who found themselves involved with John du Pont - their sponsor and eccentric multimillionaire. This relationship would eventually lead down a path to murder.

    Foxcatcher had a lot of hype not because of the director or the other actors like Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. The hype was for the comedy star Steve Carell has he takes a different performance from his usual comedy performance and how unnoticeable he is in this movie. There was a lot of Oscar Buzz about Carell performance for months after months about it and after seeing the film I can see why being are raving over this but I think it's a little bit to over hyped.

    This movie may have stepped up Steve Carell career as not just a goofy comedy star but a serious actor as well, because in this movie his disturbingly and disgusting to the point were I forgot Steve Carell was playing this character.

    Mark Ruffalo gives a great performance in this movie as he always do, because even when he's in a bad film he still gives it his all and in this he dose.

    Probably the most over looked performance in this movie is actually Channing Tatum. I remember back in the day where Tatum was a bad actor and the movies that he was in you know these stupid comedy's that floped at the box office, yeah those movies, but in this movie he gives a Oscar worthy performance that got so over looked that I'm actually shocked about. Tatum is good actor and I this he did brilliant.

    Bennett Miller has proved himself to be a brilliant film maker when it comes to drama or Biographical films, and his previous films Capote, Moneyball and now this film totally shows his brilliant's in that. In this film Miller shows when the american dream of wining and being the best can turn grey and really dark. He directed this movie with slick and passion and you really felt that in this movie.

    The make-up in the movie was pretty well done. Now I don't normally bring up this in my reviews but in this movie every actor in this movie has make-up on, and it didn't look rubber like Cloud atlas make-up was.

    For problems I have some like: The movie can be very slow at times now don't get me wrong I like slow paste movies because it's building up to something big, but in this movie they are scenes were it could have been cut out. The senses were you supposed to feel sad or shocked to kind of felt hollow for me.

    Overall Foxcatcher is a good time first watch film and what I mean is the film is good but I don't want to watch it again. Why would I re-watch a film that make me feel disturbed deep inside, I'm sorry I just can't... still a good movie.
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  4. Dec 9, 2014
    6
    Foxcatcher will go down as my greatest disappointment of 2014. It is a psychological drama completely devoid of psychological exploration,Foxcatcher will go down as my greatest disappointment of 2014. It is a psychological drama completely devoid of psychological exploration, and buoyed only by the might of the three leads. Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2015
    6
    I’m just going to say it. Foxcatcher is a boring movie. It has terrific acting, an incredible story, and if you sit down with a bunch ofI’m just going to say it. Foxcatcher is a boring movie. It has terrific acting, an incredible story, and if you sit down with a bunch of psychologists to deduce everything that happened on screen, I’m sure you are going to have a lot to talk about, for they are going to give to the movie an incredible analysis that you would have never expected. But you are not going to do that. And the story is told in a very slow way, getting the movie to be extremely long. As I said, is an excellent story about a depressed rich man who never achieved anything in his life; and the ending is quite unexpected and incredible, but everything before it is all very slow and boring. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2014
    4
    Directed by Bennett Miller, FOXCATCHER is one of those films that feel serious and important until you realize there's nothing going on behindDirected by Bennett Miller, FOXCATCHER is one of those films that feel serious and important until you realize there's nothing going on behind a very impressive facade. Like his earlier film CAPOTE, Miller wants to make some sort of statement about America, class difference, politics and all that jazz but unfortunately, the film has about as many insights as a freshman high school student who has just discovered the world around him. The odd is never odd enough. The sad never sad enough. The film is loaded with American flags but so what? Sadly, the three main performances also fall flat. They too are more surface. The actors never inhabit their roles fully or lead us down a path of anything that might provide insight or clarity. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2015
    0
    The foxcatchers is the worst movie I have ever seen. it is far from being entertainment. Why Steve Carroll agreed to take on the role of thisThe foxcatchers is the worst movie I have ever seen. it is far from being entertainment. Why Steve Carroll agreed to take on the role of this depressing, debased loser is baffling. There is absolutely nothing redeeming or inspirational in this meaningless tale of an egotistical man trying desperately to hone in on enjoyment of athletic success. My wife argued that this was based on a true story. This only proves that most true stories don't bear repeating and are certainly not worthy of being turned into a mIiovie. I left this movie three times and only came back to get my wife. This movie was not just a waste of time; it was a waste of effort. The movie's makers must have been demented if they reckoned anyone would enjoy this cinematic crap. Expand

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