True Story (2015)
Critic Consensus: James Franco and Jonah Hill make a watchable pair, but True Story loses their performances -- and the viewer's interest -- in a muddled movie that bungles its fact-based tale.
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as Michael Finkel
as Christian Longo
as Jill Barker
as Pat Frato
as Karen Hannen
as MaryJane Longo
as Zach Longo
as Sadie Longo
as Madison Longo
as Greg Ganley
as Cheryl Frank
as Jeffrey Gregg
as Judge Odenkirk
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Critic Reviews for True Story
Franco and Hill's early scenes together maintains intrigue for a while, but True Story never quite indicates that it has something compelling going on beneath the surface.
The result is disappointingly televisual, the verdict wholly predictable.
Think of it as a feature-length version of Law & Order and you will pass the time tolerably well.
It is never clear whether the film is a study in journalistic bad faith, a courtroom procedural or a drama of very different characters who provide a twisted reflection of one another.
Audience Reviews for True Story
Jonah Hill puts in a solid performance and James Franco is always magnetic in this fascinating morality study about the responsibility of journalism to the truth and the often blurry line that separates facts and lies, even though the final scene is unnecessary and obvious.
Beautifully shot in a crazy premise with proven actors that somehow ends up feeling pretty lacklustre. Not bad, just underdeveloped.
A slow-burning but intriguing thriller with James Franco and Jonah Hill at the top of their game.