J. Edgar | Full Movie

J. Edgar
  • R
  • 2h 17m
  • 2011
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Box-office superstar Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, The Departed) joins forces with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) in this unyielding biopic that explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. With a career steeped in scandal and a controversial private life,the legendary director of the FBI retained his post as keeper of the country's secrets (and many of his own) until his death in 1972.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but J. Edgar stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.
The New Republic
David Thomson

The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story....

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Dave Calhoun

A pleasing, intelligent film happy to describe Hoover's behaviour as monstrous but too balanced an...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Somehow J. Edgar manages to be both epic and empty.

June 22, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

Usually the tautest of directors, Clint Eastwood has gone all slack here, allowing his subject to...

June 22, 2017
Newark Star-Ledger
Stephen Whitty

Although Hoover's luster faded as his career went on, Eastwood's movie seems wan from the start.

August 8, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Well-acted biopic tackles complex character; OK for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Clint Eastwood-directed biopic about longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is rated R primarily for a couple of brief but notable scenes of strong language (including "f--k"). J. Edgar focuses on both Hoover's career and his personal life, especially the never-defined relationship with longtime companion Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). While the movie raises questions about Hoover's sexuality that it doesn't answer, there's no actual sex in it (though one scene features apparent recorded noises of an amorous couple). Expect a few violent fist fights and shoot outs.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 9, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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