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True Story Review

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2.0

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  • 4.0
    62

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Far from rising to the level of truthiness, let alone truth, True Story rings false from start to finish.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Especially for a movie that springs from a horrific and grisly crime, True Story feels undershaped and indistinct; it’s too dispassionate to be genuinely chilly.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Goold's work never feels stagey; a smart and varied visual sense opens up even settings as basic as a jail's visiting room. But what happens in that room isn't as convincing as might be expected from these actors.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    True Story is an intrinsically fascinating and occasionally riveting tale marred by unnecessary embellishments.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    While never as gripping as a good piece of fiction, Goold’s treatment actually manages to improve on the book, even if that meant fabricating a few things along the way.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Those looking for a clear-cut chronology of how the murders happened are destined for disappointment. Flashbacks of the crime are short and ambiguous.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    The courtroom scenes are unapologetically over-the-top and sometimes excruciatingly exact in the details of themurder, but you won’t soon forget Franco’s expertly nuanced performance. It’s as good as any work I’ve seen in a film in 2015, and True Story is one of the better movies to come along this year.

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