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Rated R · 137 minutes · 2011

Biography, Historical drama
The first—and probably last—pairing of director Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio is a sloppy, drawn-out, lumbering failure. It’s one of the movie year’s hugest disappointments. Most of the blame goes to Eastwood, who utilizes droning voiceovers and a washed-out visual approach that bores. The subject matter calls for something epic, but Eastwood’s dreary choices make the film uncomfortably intimate and small. Eastwood shot this film quickly on a modest budget, and it shows. The normally reliable DiCaprio is miscast. He’s all wrong for a part that requires him to age almost 50 years, and the voice he employs, especially during the ponderous narration, sounds as if he is attempting his best Darth Vader impersonation.


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Official Site: jedgarmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz, Tim Moore and Erica Huggins
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Ken Howard, Gunner Wright, David Cooper, Jeffrey Donovan, Dermot Mulroney, Denis O'Hare, Damon Herriman, Stephen Root, Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton

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The Coast Halifax Stuffy ol' J. Edgar Clint Eastwood biopic of FBI honcho missing character sizzle by Molly Segal 11/10/2011
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Creative Loafing Atlanta J. Edgar Hoovers up the dirt on FBI director Clint Eastwood film has plenty of intel but lacks passion by Curt Holman 11/10/2011
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Charleston City Paper Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar is a sympathetic portrait of a closeted man A fascinating portrait of an influential American, J. Edgar presents Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) as a flawed but prescient figure whose public role building the FBI into an important institution is contrasted with a private life as a closeted gay man devoted to his right-hand man Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer), who became a devoted soulmate. by Felicia Feaster 11/09/2011
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