Infamous (2006)



Critic Consensus: Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.

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Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year. It thus tells roughly the same story as Bennett Miller's earlier Capote, recounting the events that belied the writer's six-year authorship of the seminal "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. The story opens with Capote (Toby Jones) visiting the site of the 1959 Clutter family homicide, on a Kansas research trip, accompanied by his close friend and colleague, author Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock). As Capote settles into the community, McGrath uses the preponderance of screen time to explore the emotional tapestry of Capote's increasingly risky emotional attachment to one of the two murderers, Perry Edward Smith (Daniel Craig), with whom he senses more than a few common bonds. McGrath weaves a decidedly bittersweet tale, contrasting the optimism and devil-may-care, "conquer all" attitude of Capote in his early years with a seemingly endless string of poor choices in the writer's later years, from addictions to drink and pills, to a failure to maintain healthy output as a writer, to poorly chosen romantic and sexual entanglements. Most significantly, however, McGrath reveals how the relationship with Smith virtually destroyed Capote as an artist and a human being, by inducing him to sell out on all levels to satisfy his lust for accomplishment and notoriety. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Infamous

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (44)

This worthy second biopic of Truman Capote starts not with a bloodbath, but a cocktail.

July 2, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?

November 3, 2006

All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.

October 30, 2006 | Full Review…

Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.

October 17, 2006

Jones gets everything -- the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell.

October 17, 2006

The problem with Infamous isn't that it revisits Capote's turf -- it's that it does the same things well, and leaves the same unsatisfying holes.

October 13, 2006 | Rating: B

Audience Reviews for Infamous

Toby Jones is truly great here, even though overshadowed by Philip Seymour Hoffman's fantastic performance in the far superior Capote (the comparison is inevitable), but this film suffers from many terrible documentary-like statements that explain what we can easily see.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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review coming

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Really good. Really well done. Really moving...Too many people compared this movie to Phillip Seymour Hoffman's movie. Not really fair, because it is taken from a different viewpoint entirely. Toby Jones is more convincing as Truman than Hoffman (and I am a very big fan of Hoffman). By the end of this movie, I was left with a heavy heart for Truman...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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