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J. Edgar

HD   R Closed Captioning

Clint Eastwood

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About the Movie

During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize. Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets-particularly those of others-and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 225
  • Fresh: 96
  • Rotten: 129
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story. But the picture offered is muddled, cautious, and at cross purposes. – David Thomson, The New Republic, Jun 20, 2013

Rotten: Somehow J. Edgar manages to be both epic and empty. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Nov 11, 2011

Fresh: An elegant film from a classy filmmaker that will satisfy a discerning, intelligent audience – Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, Jan 21, 2012

Fresh: J. Edgar is earnestly watchable. But it makes no contribution to a better understanding of Hoover... – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Jan 19, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Jump around

The movie tried to hard to correlate different events in time. It jumped around to events you had to guess as and ask "where are we"? I wanted to like it more but it was a dark blue suit of a movie and we got the "messages" but started to not care about the characters. A history channel program will tell you more and you might feel more compassion for who J. Edgar ruined in a documentary. Makeup was great. Leonardo did a good job as he always does but just not worth the time. At least it's not revisionist history like some directors. It was very safe.

Rotton? Nah… Poison!

I'm a bit naive. I attend movies to be uplifted, inspired, awed, invigorated and / or thrilled. If I had to guess, the aim of the director with this movie was to depress, bore and leave the viewer certainly but vaguely unhappy. That's not completely true. Conspiracy Theorists might like parts of it. Bet they consulted Jesse Ventura? Kinda like listening to a musical artist who cares nothing for the pleasure of his audience and cares much for his own right to express himself.


good movie

J. Edgar
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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