Infamous

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34

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  1. Infamous gives you the unique opportunity to see how two sets of filmmakers can take exactly the same story, make extremely tough though different choices in emphasis and tone and achieve brilliant movies.
  2. 90
    Less a parable of literary ethics than a showcase of literary personality, and it is in the end more touching than troubling.
  3. 90
    Jones gets everything--the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell. He even nails the voice, like that of a chorister caught running a racket with the incense.
  4. 88
    Dizzy with celebrity, New York society and gay life (if all that isn't the same thing), Infamous is more fun. But "Capote" is a better movie.
  5. 80
    Infamous is the better Capote film, yes, but also the less easily digestible one, the more eccentric one and -- yes -- the gayer one.
  6. Though it's not as good as the brilliant "Capote," it's nevertheless a riveting, well-made picture.
  7. Reviewed by: Will Lawrence
    80
    While less beguiling than "Capote," Infamous remains a soulful and searching portrayal of the writer, carried with immense charm and vivacity by its leading man.
  8. Infamous successfully captures a sense of the loneliness of a writer's life.
  9. 75
    "Capote" is the more intellectual of the two films; Infamous is the more emotional. They exist to complement, not eclipse, one another.
  10. 75
    Ultimately, the problem with Infamous isn't that it revisits Capote's turf--it's that it does the same things well, and leaves the same unsatisfying holes.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It's a stellar cast, but you can't help but lament the bad timing.
  12. Overall, McGrath's film has superior star power (including Gwyneth Paltrow in a one-scene role as a Peggy Lee-like chanteuse), is franker about the sexual nature of Capote's fascination with the murderous Smith and his sad, strangled dreams, and spends more time establishing Capote's glittering New York life before setting him adrift in the heartland.
  13. I don't know if that makes Infamous a better movie, but it's certainly as good and a lot more fun. British actor Toby Jones is so physically right in the role, you'll think Capote is playing himself.
  14. Watch Infamous on its own. It's a worthy film in its own right, with its own virtues.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The pleasure of Infamous is in its gallery of larger-than-life portrayals.
  16. "Capote" is serious, deep and unadorned in the manner of the 1967 movie adaptation of the writer's true-crime novel "In Cold Blood." And Infamous boasts the high-gloss frivolity of the 1961 film version of Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
  17. Neither movie (Capote/Infamous) gives you the whole picture, but it's fun to see them both and rearrange the pieces in your head.
  18. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Writer-director Douglas McGrath's boldest stroke is to impose a more overtly gay interpretation on a central relationship in which the attraction was generally supposed to be unspoken.
  19. 70
    It's just a lesser version, light in weight and absent the ache that permeated the movie for which Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Academy Award. It can't withstand the comparisons. It's good, especially during its first half, just not good enough.
  20. The film benefits from three splendid performances: Toby Jones as Capote, an aggressively gay elf exuding a tosspot charm; Sandra Bullock as Nelle Harper Lee, a novelist who uses spoken words with quiet precision, and Daniel Craig as Perry, a deluded monster who is nonetheless forthright and strong.
  21. McGrath says that he considers his film to be lighter in tone than TC 1, which is baffling. The reverse seems the case.
  22. The added value that writer-director Douglas McGrath has in mind is gossip -- and a goggly interest in gossip becomes the glittering gimmick of Infamous.
  23. Compared to "Capote," this new film is altogether lighter.
  24. The only difference between the two films is that this one chronicles Capote's New York environment in more detail (and with humorous interludes), and it's a tad lighter in tone and perhaps a bit less high-horse condemning of its subject's literary ethics.
  25. 67
    A garish and fascinating little movie that comes bouncing in the wake of Bennett Miller's "Capote" like a yipping puppy trying to keep up with an elegant show dog.
  26. 63
    The film's most pleasing surprise is the beautifully nuanced portrait of Capote's confidante, "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, by Sandra Bullock. You heard me. Bullock gives the film what it otherwise lacks: the ring of truth.
  27. Though stylistically all over the place, it's not without interest.
  28. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    Understanding what McGrath is trying to pull off is not the same thing as McGrath pulling it off; as ambitious as it is, Infamous falters in execution too often to create a lasting impression.
  29. Flashy, fun, shallow, easy-going and without a hope of brilliance.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Apr 20, 2012
    8
    The best thing about 'Infamous' is the truly stellar cast that provides the performances that a story like this needs. Toby Jones and SandraThe best thing about 'Infamous' is the truly stellar cast that provides the performances that a story like this needs. Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock are the true standouts but there's further great support from the likes of Jeff Daniels, Sigourney Weaver and Daniel Craig. If you're a Gwyneth Paltrow fan she sings for about 3 minutes - though she is good. Full Review »
  2. trishc
    Mar 2, 2008
    10
    Hands down, "Infamous" is the superior movie. It is so entertaining in the beginning, paced just right -- back and forth from Kansas and New Hands down, "Infamous" is the superior movie. It is so entertaining in the beginning, paced just right -- back and forth from Kansas and New York in the middle, and explosive, devastatingly so at the end. The casting is almost perfect, except for the banal Hope Davis, and Toby Jones is -- well, Truman Capote!! Full Review »
  3. TitoO.
    Feb 13, 2008
    0
    This was the worst movie I have ever seen. I can't believe that someone actually tried to out due the original "Capote". It was an awful This was the worst movie I have ever seen. I can't believe that someone actually tried to out due the original "Capote". It was an awful rendition and an embarrassment to the film industry. Full Review »