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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 13, 2014
    80
    Rare is the drama that plumbs the quirky, unsettling depths of human nature like Foxcatcher. Simultaneously understated and grippingly edgy, this is an arresting examination of naivete, mismatched worlds and old-fashioned American oddness.
  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: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  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. Nov 26, 2014
    10
    Wow! 1st 15 minutes are slow, but it picks up to a crescendo. One of the best true movies that I have ever seen. Brilliant acting, very wellWow! 1st 15 minutes are slow, but it picks up to a crescendo. One of the best true movies that I have ever seen. Brilliant acting, very well done. I remember the tragedy, and I believe that the movie does not deviate very far from the total truth. Mesmerizing and gripping to say the least. Great film. Sure to be an Oscar contender. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2014
    8
    "Foxcatcher" stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in this true story of the relationship between Olympic wrestling champions"Foxcatcher" stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in this true story of the relationship between Olympic wrestling champions and brothers, Dave and Mark Schultz and a troubled and eccentric member of the one of the wealthiest families in America, John DuPont. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman and was directed by Bennett Miller ("Moneyball") with Mr. Carell playing the part of John DuPont. Although Mr. DuPont’s picture is not familiar to most of us, he obviously had a prominent nose which accounts for the significant and almost cartoon-like makeup which Mr. Carell wears throughout the film. Unfortunately, in the producers attempt to achieve reality, they brought about the opposite result as far as this viewer is concerned. No matter how much you want to lose yourself into the film and the character Mr. Carell attempts to portray, you (or I at least) are constantly reminded that it is Mr. Carell wearing lots of makeup. That being said, the film offers a study into the degrees of control those having the power to exert it will go in order to attain their goals. The film, though slow moving at times (2 hours and 14 minutes) manages to hold the viewer’s interest as these two brothers cope with the idiosyncrasies and desires of their wealthy "mentor". I give the film an 8 but can’t help wondering if a lesser known actor other than Mr. Carell could have been more convincing in the part he played. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2014
    5
    Aside from three outstanding performances this critically acclaimed movie is long, slow and very disappointing. Certainly not worth the eagerAside from three outstanding performances this critically acclaimed movie is long, slow and very disappointing. Certainly not worth the eager anticipation afforded by a year's wait. Based on true events, and despite a menacing undercurrent generated by an effective score, one is constantly intrigued but never fully engaged.
    Steve Carell perfects a menacingly quizzical stare in a turn that has sparse use for dialogue. Mark Ruffalo is superb, as usual, in a pivotal supporting role, but the real revelation is Channing Tatum. The guy shows us here that he really can act. He is undoubtedly the best reason to endure 'Foxcatcher'. Awards bound it may be, but a classic film. Never!
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  5. 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
  6. Nov 22, 2014
    4
    Despite gorgeous cinematography and outstanding performances by Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and (especially) Channing Tatum, this laboriouslyDespite gorgeous cinematography and outstanding performances by Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and (especially) Channing Tatum, this laboriously paced, tediously written biopic tragedy offers little more than a meandering, largely pointless story. The film's surprisingly thin narrative seeks to pass off underdevelopment as nuance through a needlessly bloated script and countless scenes of silent emoting and scant dialogue. Easily one of the most overrated offerings of this year's awards season. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2014
    0
    I'm was so excited to see this movie and it sucked. it was so slow, I felt nothing for the characters and i had no flippin idea what was theI'm was so excited to see this movie and it sucked. it was so slow, I felt nothing for the characters and i had no flippin idea what was the rationale or motives for a lot of the characters. Other than seeing Steve C in makeup, playing a straight character, albeit a caricature of sorts, there wasn't a whole lot here. I was expecting some major revelation or something, but it never came. engaging at times, yes... would i ever see it again or recommend it... no. Expand

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