J. Edgar

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
J. Edgar
J. Edgar Hoover was head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.


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Feb 10, 2015
  • MICHAEL TAGGART MALONEY rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The movie hopscotches back and forth in time from the Palmer Raids to JFK's assassination to the Lindbergh kidnapping to Hoover's campaign against MLK, Jr. to his gangster wars campaign of the 1930s. The movie is bloodless with no coherent statement about Hoover's FBI and the role it played in America. Hoover's COINTELPRO; his role in sculpting the Warren Commission Report; his close association with organized crime bigwigs and right-wing captains of industry -- all go completely unmentioned or are alluded to only in passing. Mostly this movie is a gay love story. The lovers are J. Edgar and his abused companion, Associate Director of FBI Clyde Tolson. It is as if Eastwood shelves good storytelling in order to out the paranoid, megalomaniac, top lawman commie fighter as nothing but a poor queer. Don't see this movie unless you want to suffer.

Feb 08, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Too many positive comments about Hoover. The FBI, originally called the Bureau of Investigation, was founded and created by the grandnephew of Napoleon, a fellow named Joseph Bonaparte [not kidding]. Originally a secret police bureau, its mission was to round up socialists, as they were making extreme inroads into elections around the country. Of course, while there were anti-predatory-capitalist bombings at that time, the staged bombings against the politicians was a trumped up excuse by the FBI to destroy printing presses, and attack and arrest and deport honorable socialists around the country. [The explosions were usually by pro-union heroes like the McNamara brothers in LA.] The FBI has always been evil, just as they are today: can't stop terrorist events due to either colluding or pathetic incompetence. That is their record, that is their history! [Were warned repeatedly about 9/11, even confiscated the plans for the first bombing when they searched Meir Kahane's killer's apartment, and promoted Frasca and Maltbie. Warned again prior to the Boston Marathon bombing.]

Jan 07, 2015
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

One would think that if Hoover really appeared in parties in DC as a drag, the entire world would have known... One thing is for sure, history show that his anti-communism was certainly justified. Clarifying a few points, Wilson had already developed a program against immigrants during the war with Germany in 1917-18. In 1919 Palmer appointed Hoover the head of the investigative team purging the immigrant community of radicals after a series of anti-capitalist bombings. The movie fails to note that Hoover (and his FBI ) worked to stop Nazi infiltration in America during World War II. It also ignores gun battles with Great Depression gangsters, and its prevention of terrorist bombings on NY during Thanksgiving 1962 by agents of communist dictator Fidel Castro. Hoover was not a saint, yet, he was not a devil either! (Interesting to note that the movie "Hoover," with Ernest Borgnine, that has a more realistic view of the man, is not owned by any of the more than 30 CLEVNET libraries!)

Jul 02, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Shockingly BAD,and very suspect portrait of the DEEPLY RACIST and HOMOSEXUAL director of the FBI period.I really think that Leonardo DiCaprio was grossly MISCAST in the lead role by the way,and i am really shocked at how i didn't fall asleep during this 2 hours and 16 minute Bore fest period.The lighting and the photography of the dark or at night scenes was some of the worst i have ever seen in a film ever period.Maybe this would have worked if the writer of this film would have written an uncompromising,and brutally honest script about the title character,and let me know everything that was in those documents of J.Edgar Hoover's that got shredded into oblivion period.This is unbelievably the worst film i have ever seen Clint Eastwood direct period.How can he as a director get very shockingly LOWER than this for his entire career as a director????? The most interesting part of this film is not his EXTREME RACISM towards Blacks only,but everything that was in his documents that got shredded that we will never find out about in real life at all period,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 31, 2014
  • JOSEPH DENHAM rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is probably the worst movie directed by Clint Eastwood, who is usually an excellent director, and the worst performance I've seen by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is normally a fine actor. Hoover is portrayed as a very unlikable person who isn't really respected by the people around him. There is also no real historical evidence that Hoover was gay, but the movie's screenwriter, who is himself openly gay, seemed to want to portray him as such. His mother's comments about "daffodils" and many other conversations probably never happened. The fight and gay kiss in the hotel room is purely fiction.

May 10, 2013
  • velloxal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Retrospective life of FBI Agent. Married to his job, compromising his personal life and happiness.

Apr 24, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie is an ambiguous telling of the personal life and career of J. Edgar Hoover. Considering the subject matter and cast one would have expected a better result from director Clint Eastwood. The back and forth between the past and present was confusing. The rumors of J. Edgar Hoover's sexuality and dressing in women's clothing were glossed over. Also J. Edgar Hoover's use of scandalous information to blackmail politicians as well as powerful and famous people was hinted at but not shown. As others noted below the makeup jobs were atrocious. This movie does not do justice to J. Edgar Hoover's personal life nor his career as Director of the FBI.

Apr 22, 2013
  • ray313 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Leonardo DiCaprio gives a great performance as the famous FBI Director. The focus of the movie is on the Director's rise to power and fame while having a lifelong affair with another man, that's sharply hinted at in this movie.

Apr 08, 2013
  • movie20 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Well acted by DiCaprio. As it was based on a true story I enjoyed the movie.

Apr 02, 2013
  • angel_heart rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Fascinating story about a man I know little about. Dark, dismal with BAD make-up jobs. But VERY informative. Now I know what happened to some of the Marilyn Monroe documents.

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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The selection is enough!

Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Annie Hoover (to J. Edgar): "I'd rather have a dead son than a daffodil for a son."

Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

J. Edgar Hoover: "Helen... Do I kill everything that I love?"


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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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