Drama Mystery Thriller - Unlike previous films featuring both Jonah Hill and James Franco,
this is a very serious, fact-based crime drama, and as such will
appeal to an older crowd than their norm. Fans of Felicity Jones may
be disappointed by her limited role. Language and dark, disturbing
subject matter make the film not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Instead of hinging its credibility on the "based on a true story" label, this production focuses instead on human behavior and the subtle wrongdoings that often occur in the wake of an act of monstrous evil.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ...spends much of its 90 minutes trying to figure out just what it is. Murder mystery, journalism exposé, courtroom drama... ...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.
NY PostFull Review Terrible Languidly paced, "True Story: is basically a bromance with its "heroes” endlessly rehashing the gruesome details of the Longo children's deaths. Franco's distancing routine helps sink "True Story,” an already turgid and tone-deaf adaptation of a self-serving memoir by a disgraced New York Times reporter who bonds with a murderer he's trying to exploit.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average The elusive bird of truth flies with intriguing, if wavering, purpose in this so-called True Story. What pulls us in are the performances of Franco and Hill, who know how to hold and reward the camera's tight scrutiny. They play a riveting game of cat-and-mouse.
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February of 2002 marked a turning point in the life of New York Times
reporter Michael Finkel. Riding high as one of the paper's busiest and most
peripatetic journalists, he was instantly shot down when it was revealed that he
had tampered with the truth in a New York Times Magazine cover story he had
written on contemporary slave trading in Africa. The New York Times quickly
showed Finkel the door, and he watched his world collapse.
His life almost immediately took another twist; he'd become a victim of
identity theft. Nobody had stolen his social security or credit card numbers,
but someone had assumed his name and was posing as him in Mexico; Christian
Longo, a man who had just been apprehended and accused of murdering his own wife
Charming, articulate, and appealing, Christian Longo was the last person
anyone would have suspected of such crimes. During the months of incarceration
that preceded his trial, he insisted there was only one individual to whom he
would tell his story: the reporter whose name he'd stolen. For Finkel, the offer
became an irresistible scoop, a way to start rebuilding his shattered
reputation--and ultimately, a Faustian bargain.