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Brantastic16's avatar


A spiritless, by-the-numbers biopic. Despite Eastwood's typically dazzling cinematography and set design, J. Edgar still rings hallow. I found it overly-serious and self-important and like many of Eastwood's recent efforts, it lacks fun, and looks bland and washed-out. It could use some colour or comic relief or something to make it enjoyable.
11 years 3 months ago
Seethepoint's avatar


good movie, the make up, not so much, guess they really wanted to say Leonardo DiCaprio was in this, they should really just had had older actors to portray them as older, couldn't quite take Armie Hammers Character serious as older because of the make up.
11 years 3 months ago
Jaqo's avatar


A good (but not excellent for a change!) Leo, ok directing from Eastwood...

I never got too excited by it.
Eastwoods most average film so far.
10 years 10 months ago
Cuadie's avatar


Ok movie but slow pace. DiCaprio is great, but story not always too compelling.

11 years 2 months ago
hakonlo's avatar


Yet another stiff, melodramatic and dead movie by Eastwood.
11 years 3 months ago
Earring72's avatar


Ok movie but slow pace. DiCaprio is great, but story not always too compelling. Didn;t mind the make up, was good.
11 years 3 months ago
gunner's avatar


the movie was good, but not too much... better that crap of moneyball
11 years 3 months ago
aeng's avatar


the movie was ok, but not good as Gran Torino was
11 years 3 months ago
Nine99's avatar


One of the worse Eastwood movies.
11 years 3 months ago
Mackmannen's avatar


The make-up make the people look like apes, like the Planet of the Apes (1968) apes. :I
11 years 3 months ago
Eduardo Nasi's avatar

Eduardo Nasi

Why portrait J. Edgar as a hero?

Why the bluish cinematography?

Any explanation for the boring pace? And for the make-up that make old men look like a b-movie alien?

What is happening to Clint Eatswood? Nobody is going to help him? To check if everything is alright?
11 years 4 months ago
Lord Magus's avatar

Lord Magus

Armie Hammer's makeup was the only horrendous one imo. He didn't even look human.
11 years 4 months ago
Musanna's avatar


Great performances, bad makeup.
Interesting story told in a disjointed way.
11 years 4 months ago
Admiral Softy's avatar

Admiral Softy

Agreed, good film full of fascinating 20th century history. Its a bit plodding and the prosthetics showed some ups and downs. I too am tired of the same excessive contrast that Eastwood employs in his movies year after year.
11 years 6 months ago
satisfythecrave's avatar


It's a decent film, everyone, especially DiCaprio, gives a great performance. It seems to drag at certain points, and at times the plot is a little difficult to fully follow. It's a very interesting look into the life of such a mysteriously looming man in American history.

My complaints would be that the prosthetic makeup made Hammer look like he was wearing a fake head and made Watts look like a zombie-fied Helen Mirren. Also, there's no way in the world I'd believe that DiCaprio was supposed to be 24 at the start of the movie. Also, there were a lot of shadows. Almost too many. I get that was the vibe they were going for but sometimes DiCaprio looked like his eyes were black voids.

Nonetheless, it was interesting to see a story incorporating facts from Hoover's limited released history into the film (everything from wire taps to cross dressing rumors). Wouldn't call it a favorite, though. DiCaprio's best biographical performance to date is still Howard Hughes in The Aviator . Not sure if this will get all the accolades DiCaprio & co are awaiting from the Academy, but it's still worth a watch.
11 years 6 months ago

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