J. Edgar

2012 • 136 minutes
3.6
624 reviews
43%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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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.
MPAA Rating: R Rated R for brief strong language. © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
3.6
624 reviews
A Google user
March 1, 2012
I don't care for the present tense/past tense jumps, but they worked. I thought the story did a great job of capturing his personal love life without being critical of it. j Edgar was such a controversial and often hated figure in American history that any story about him was bound to be riddle criticiszim. good Job
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A Google user
March 15, 2012
Some of this movie was interesting (the first half) but it takes a very misplaced and weird turn to focus on his romance with another man......which really took away from the movie. If they would have focused more on his cases I probably would have been able to watch it through without being bored to death
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A Google user
April 24, 2012
I'm sure mny people who gave it a low rating expected an exciting action-packed movie. Truth is, it's just a well-researched nartative of J.Edgar Hoover's life. The performance was remarkable and well put-together. As far as the homosexuality gies, it was very subtle, and in no way detracted from the story. Amazing acting, good storytelling, and awesome directing, if I could give this movie more stars, I would.
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