J. Edgar

Rated R 137 minutes 2011

The first—and probably last—pairing of director Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio is a sloppy, drawn-out, lumbering failure. It’s one of the movie year’s hugest disappointments. Most of the blame goes to Eastwood, who utilizes droning voiceovers and a washed-out visual approach that bores. The subject matter calls for something epic, but Eastwood’s dreary choices make the film uncomfortably intimate and small. Eastwood shot this film quickly on a modest budget, and it shows. The normally reliable DiCaprio is miscast. He’s all wrong for a part that requires him to age almost 50 years, and the voice he employs, especially during the ponderous narration, sounds as if he is attempting his best Darth Vader impersonation.

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Official Site: jedgarmovie.warnerbros.com

Director: Clint Eastwood

Producer: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz, Tim Moore and Erica Huggins

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Ken Howard, Gunner Wright, David Cooper, Jeffrey Donovan, Dermot Mulroney, Denis O'Hare, Damon Herriman, Stephen Root, Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton

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