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J. Edgar Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

From the mixed-up files of... Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

Oscar bait and switch. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    59

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is at war with itself, and everyone loses...Mr. Eastwood's ponderous direction, a clumsy script by Dustin Lance Black and ghastly slatherings of old-age makeup all conspire to put the story at an emotional and historical distance. It's a partially animated waxworks.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    DiCaprio does more than disappear behind steely glasses and prosthetic old-age makeup. He transforms himself, in a feat of acting, from the inside out.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    J. Edgar shines a probing beam of light on a man who was widely feared, often disliked, but rarely understood.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This surprising collaboration between director Clint Eastwood and "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tackles its trickiest challenges with plausibility and good sense, while serving up a simmeringly caustic view of its controversial subject's behavior, public and private.

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