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Capote (2005)



Critic Consensus: Philip Seymour Hoffman's riveting central performance guides a well-constructed retelling of the most sensational and significant period in author Truman Capote's life.

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On assignment to write an article for 'The New Yorker,' Truman Capote traveled to a small Kansas town, where he began to investigate and report on the gruesome murder of a local family. At first leery of the writer, the townsfolk come to trust Capote and allow him into their lives, giving him his story.

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Catherine Keener
as Harper Lee
Chris Cooper
as Alvin Dewey
Bruce Greenwood
as Jack Dunphy
Bob Balaban
as William Shawn
Amy Ryan
as Marie Dewey
Mark Pellegrino
as Richard Hickock
Allie Mickelson
as Laura Kinney
Marshall Bell
as Warden Marshall Krutch
Araby Lockhart
as Dorothy Sanderson
Robert Huculak
as New York Reporter
R.D. Reid
as Roy Church
Bob Huculak
as New York Reporter
Harry Nelken
as Sheriff Walter Sanderson
Kerr Hewitt
as Danny Burke
John Maclaren
as Judge Roland Tate
Jeremy Dangerfield
as Jury Foreman
Jim Shepard
as Chaplain
C. Ernst Harth
as Lowell Lee Andrews
John B. Destry
as Pete Holt
Adam Kimmel
as Richard Avedon
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Critic Reviews for Capote

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (51)

As Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman is in complete control of his effects... No other actor has the ability to laugh at his own jokes and be so appallingly funny.

July 31, 2018

It's the acting that sings, especially when Hoffman duets with luminous Catherine Keener, the lady with the loveliest laugh in film. Hoffman's writer is a self-serving egoist; Keener's a restrained, wise soul.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, by the end of it, Capote isn't the only one who wants to turn to drink.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Miller and Futterman underscore the idea that what Capote's achievement does to the story of Hickock and Smith and the Clutter killings is to remove it from the actual world and place it in a literary one.

February 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Capote is a cool and polished hall of mirrors reflecting the ways in which Truman Capote came to write (and be written by) In Cold Blood.

January 5, 2006

[Hoffman's] performance is undeniably great. Everything else -- solid, satisfying though it may be -- falls short of that greatness.

October 30, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Capote

A film that hangs in your memory year later. Possibly PSH's best performance.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman gives the best performance of his career. The film follows the writing process of Truman Capote as he researches and gathers info for his book, In Cold Blood. Along the way, he becomes connected with those he is researching and realizes how must he relates to them. A deeply emotional masterpiece that works both as a character study and psychological thriller.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


Hoffman plays an its-the-end-of-days-but-we're-still-very-civilized attention whore who discovers a way to get noticed all w/o reading the warning "objects in mirror are closer than they appear". Hoffman is beyond superb and Keener proves she can really shine if given space and a intelligent script.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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