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Trumbo Reviews

February 18, 2016
The film is a labour of love for Bryan Cranston, as Trumbo. As Hollywood's greatest screenwriter, embattled but not beaten, he embodies the old Hemingway definition of courage: "grace under pressure".
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 7, 2016
One day, perhaps, an HBO mini-series will tackle this cultural face-off and blow our minds. In the meantime, check out Trumbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2016
Fast, funny, if a little flimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2016
The film itself is very uneven. Any texture, depth and pathos here resides in the central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2016
Cranston is good, very good, here, but let down by a meandering drama that lacks cojones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 4, 2016
Cranston is superb. The Breaking Bad actor, in best form, is an attack dog: he goes at lines like a mutt at a mutton bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2016
Trumbo is no masterpiece, but the story of a writer imprisoned in America for his political beliefs needed to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2015
We are left with the painful irony that a film about a screenwriter so good that Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger couldn't live without him suffers from a dull and slow-moving script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2015
Trumbo is ... a blast, even if the screenplay perversely lacks the energy of its title character, who is played with great wit and brio by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2015
It's a period piece full of colorful characters, natty costumes, jaunty music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2015
The movie's main idea seems to be that, in the end, people prefer movies to ideas. Or at least ideologies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 20, 2015
A fun, highly watchable film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 19, 2015
Roach's direction is pedestrian. He turns the picture into an earnest primer of the issues of the era and a road map of how Trumbo slowly resuscitates his career ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2015
Cranston's performance is the motor that runs "Trumbo," and that motor never idles, never flags in momentum or magnetism or idealistic scorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2015
Cranston shows Trumbo's public and private sides - giving full measure to his eccentricities without devolving into caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2015
Trumbo is a corny, well-made B-movie about an A-list screenwriter who had to take jobs writing B-movies after he was blacklisted, but eventually worked his way back to writing A-movies with Kirk Douglas a.k.a. Spartacus as his champion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2015
It's a history lesson told in breezy fashion, but that doesn't make it any less important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 12, 2015
The logistics of how Trumbo survived, fronting a stable of other blacklisted writers and churning out his own work under various aliases, make for a great yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 12, 2015
Cranston's connection with Trumbo's struggle and frustration, and with his streak of canny practicality, couldn't be stronger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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November 11, 2015
Bryan Cranston brings the complex personality of Trumbo to life with substance and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2015
Michael Stuhlbarg steals the movie as a beleagured Edward G. Robinson (who named names before the committee, including Trumbo's); and Helen Mirren is nicely acidic as the red-baiting gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
November 6, 2015
How could a movie about a great screenwriter have such a terrible screenplay?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 6, 2015
Screenwriters are so rarely taken seriously by the film industry that it's a nice switch to watch them be the heroes.
November 6, 2015
It's another of those simplistic, made-to-order films about the Hollywood blacklist in which the blacklisted movie folks are all innocent, in every conceivable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2015
"Trumbo" is timely in its portrayal of a moment when political speech is dangerously charged, yet unabashedly old-fashioned in the sincerity of its storytelling.
November 5, 2015
Part biopic, part historical gloss, "Trumbo" tells a great-man story with a patchwork of fact and fiction, mixing in the odd bit of newsreel with a great many dull, visually flat and poorly lighted dramatic scenes.
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November 5, 2015
Trumbo is solid and satisfying, if far from revelatory.
November 5, 2015
A sly, admirable but single-minded bio-pic.
November 5, 2015
Trumbo was hauled out of Congress shouting about American concentration camps. How do you fail to find the drama in that? Roach and McNamara find a way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2015
A clean and agreeable biopic that restores some vitality to a fascinating episode in 20th-century cultural and political history.
November 5, 2015
A patchwork film that dives into whatever character is in focus at any given moment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 4, 2015
"Daddy, what's a Communist?" a young girl on a pony asks her famous screenwriter father. You should brace yourself for this kind of exchange in Jay Roach's earnest if too-soft biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2015
Sounds like a biopic slog, and sometimes it is. But Cranston is a powerhouse as Trumbo in his glory, speaking truth to power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 3, 2015
You don't have to know a thing about Trumbo, Hollywood or communism to enjoy watching Trumbo.
November 3, 2015
The film fails as a portrait, and it's not much better at drama.
November 2, 2015
We are left with a near-heretical irony: thanks to this admiring tribute, our hero gets top billing at last, but was he not more beguiling, somehow, as a legendary figure in the shadows?
October 8, 2015
It's too cartoonish and cosy by half, a sort of Punch-and-Judy-show rendition of a fascinating man's professional crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 18, 2015
If director Jay Roach is slow in getting the movie going, Trumbo is rewarding in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2015
It's a cracking good story, and Cranston does a great job portraying a man who made great sacrifices for his principles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2015
Roach and screenwriter John McNamara's approach is leaden, thumping and pushing viewers to its themes instead of letting them come organically.
September 13, 2015
What makes the movie work are the lively performances, both from the supporting cast and from Cranston ...
September 13, 2015
"Trumbo" may be clumsy and overly simplistic at times, but it's an important reminder of how democracy can fail ... and the strength of character it takes to fight the system.