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Capote Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    In Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant transformation into the mannered writer takes your breath away.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune

    The movie's excellence, a stylistic world apart from the strikingly photographed but rather hysterical 1967 film version of Capote's masterwork, is in capturing its subject without pinning him down.

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What Mr. Hoffman has done here borders on the miraculous.

  • 100

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Capote represents something unique in cinema.…Most eye-catching for critics and audiences in the weeks to come will be Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant metamorphosis into the persona of the late author.

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  • 91

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Capote honors its subject by doing just what Truman Capote did. It teases, fascinates, and haunts.

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OK for kids 16+

Fascinating biography, but for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature drama concerns Truman Capote's research into multiple murders in Kansas, 1959, for his book In Cold Blood. It includes images of bloody bodies, crime scene photos, discussions of the means of killing (knife and shotgun), allusions to rape and racist assumptions (before the killers are caught, someone suggests "Mexicans" committed the crime). Characters drink and smoke, at parties, at home, and alone. Capote is flamboyantly gay, discusses gay relationships, discusses sex (including a phone conversation with friend/writer James Baldwin, with references to interracial, interfaith sex), and some cursing (one use of the f-word). Capote tells a story about hearing of his mother's death

  • Families can talk about the question of journalistic ethics. How does Capote develop and then betray a trust with Perry? How does the film make their shared sympathy -- as "outsiders" at once sympathetic and dangerous? How does the movie present the death penalty, as punishment, justice, revenge, and/or object of media sensationalism?

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  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Images of dead bodies, discussions of murders, crime scene photos.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, mostly verbal, with regard to Capote's steady boyfriend and his crush on one of his interview subjects; some sexual slang.

  • language false3

    Language: At least one f-word; some mild cursing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, drinking.