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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Trumbo is welcome just to bear witness to the severe consequences meted out to one man who dared to do the right thing. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Trumbo doesn't pretend to be tough-minded about its subject, and its failure to date the letters is an annoyance. But the substance of those letters, along with documentary footage and a touching appearance by Kirk Douglas, throws a baleful light on a bleak chapter of American history. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Trumbo, a rousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject (1905-1976), is an anatomy of irony. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Donald Sutherland's passionate rendition of a speech from Trumbo's 1971 film "Johnny Got His Gun" (based on his novel) is worth the price of admission. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An invigorating, funny, and moving portrait of a Hollywood hero. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Peter Askin's powerful documentary serves as an important reminder of our First Amendment rights, and a tribute to one man who fought to preserve them in the face of Congressional intimidation. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Trumbo never wavered in his belief that his persecution was only a horrible symptom. He understood the real victim of blacklist America was America itself. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The misleading documentary Trumbo paints a golden nimbus of holiness around the onetime highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood, Dalton Trumbo, an on-the-record hater of democracy, defender of authoritarian rule and avowed Communist. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    This documentary's narrative feels deliberately chronological, as the storyline adheres to the major steps of Trumbo's career. Nonetheless, the film realizes many great moments to make the writer's story – often reduced to a footnote – into an intriguing one. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    That's Trumbo's message -- that the true victim was America. show more

  • May 07, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Intellectual stuff - not for airheads. If you like to read you will love it. Dalton Trumbo was a brilliant writer who got caught up in a political witch-hunt of some prominent politicians who exploited the fear of communism right after WW II. The bottom line: We have nothing to fear from ideas, particularly which we oppose based on our prejudices. All censorship is evil all of the time. McCarthy trampled our first amendment and we should not let that ever happen again (don't let the Democrats do that now in their current efforts to squelch conservative talk radio with the so-called "Fairness Doctrine".

  • August 17, 2008 chunkafunka
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    Fantastic movie !!! To show the resolve Dalton Trumbo and the other writers who were singled out and left with nothing but never gave up their integrity was very well done. I would see this movie a few more times and have no doubt that I will buy it for my DVD collection. Great archival footage and interviews.First class movie all around.

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