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257 Ratings

True Story

Directed by Rupert Goold
United States, 2015


When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo — who has taken on Finkel’s identity — his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse.

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True Story Directed by Rupert Goold
Filming the process of creation — corrupt and otherwise — requires some sense of imagination and curiosity. I’m afraid that shots of Hill trudging in the snow or Franco sitting in dark profile don’t cut it.
April 24, 2015
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With the pent-up carnality of his coruscating verbal intelligence, Hill suggests troubled realms that Goold’s heavy-handed, literal direction can’t reach—and there’s hardly an effort to make sense of Longo. Filming a drama about the compromises and conventions of storytelling, Goold falls prey to them. He lacks the pulp verve and the symbolic imagination to illuminate or even convey the characters’ mysteries.
April 17, 2015
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Murder mystery, journalism exposé, courtroom drama, metaphysical inquiry into the secret-sharer nature of certain American Bros, proof that James Franco and Jonah Hill can serious-act opposite one another—it seems to be going for any one of these at any given moment, and in the end winds up being not a whole lot more than ostentatiously unpleasant and ugly.
April 16, 2015
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