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Trumbo Reviews

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January 13, 2020
It would probably please Trumbo to hear a critic say Trumbo would have been better had Trumbo written it himself.
July 2, 2019
Trumbo is just a bland information-delivery device.
December 7, 2018
It's a shame that a movie about one of the greatest screenwriters who ever lived is so uninspired. A story like this deserves more gravitas, fewer guffaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 4, 2017
It's the best thing Bleeker Street has released so far - which means it's just okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2017
All the Hollywood stars in the world cannot make up for a watered-down, squeaky clean and formulaic script and production-and this is the unfortunate reason that the real Trumbo is turning, like a rotisserie chicken, in his grave.
December 18, 2016
Tennessee Williams once described screenwriting as "the funniest but most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me".... [Trumbo] sadly does not contain any such moments of amusement or levity.
July 20, 2016
Trumbo just feels a bit too much like all those sainthood biopics that appear around Oscar season, with their sheen of "quality" and simplistic righteousness that defines the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2016
Trumbo is an off-putting film because it tries to use historic truth to whitewash history for ideological purposes that make the past just an innocuous memory.
January 1, 2016
It's an Oscar-bait movie about how important and wonderful the Oscars are.
August 4, 2016
Trumbo's biggest misstep is in sacrificing an aura of authenticity for gaudiness in its attempts to capture an unsavory era of American filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 5, 2015
...one thing is certain: Dalton Trumbo would've never written something like Trumbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2016
Newcomers who are lured in by the solid cast won't find a lot to grab on to here, story-wise.
November 4, 2015
Ultimately the film is like so many projects that landed in Trumbo's lap-several rewrites away from working.
December 1, 2015
It's a great story... under the direction of Austin Powers and Meet the Parents overseer Jay Roach, the film feels like a two-hour Saturday Night Live sketch without any jokes, all bad impressions... and self-important speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 16, 2015
Somewhere Dalton Trumbo can at least rest easy knowing that this time around the screenwriter won't get the lion's share of the blame.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 23, 2015
Takes a fiery character and a hot subject and cools them to lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2015
Like Jay Roach's Game Change and Recount, the film's patina of relative apoliticism masks (or enables) its blandness of inquiry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2015
Trumbo works as a history lesson about the Hollywood Blacklist, but less so as a satisfying movie, falling prey to the standard trap of trying to fit too many decades into one feature film.
February 17, 2016
The end result is a noble-intentioned attempt to pay tribute to the man responsible for writing Spartacus, Roman Holiday, The Brave One, and Papillion, but one that feels all too familiar in the way that it has been put together.
November 3, 2015
The film fails as a portrait, and it's not much better at drama.
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