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709 Ratings


Directed by Jay Roach
United States, 2015
Biography, Drama


The successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist.

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Trumbo Directed by Jay Roach

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Leading Actor

Writers Guild of America

2016 | Winner: Animation Writers Caucus Animation Award

2016 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay (Screen)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

As a true-life version of Hail, Caesar! that features many actors familiar from Coen Brothers movies, Trumbo hams up the blacklist. The director, Jay Roach, directed the Austin Powers and Fockers movies, and Trumbo gets over its awkwardness by focusing on the mechanics of screenwriting under duress, which Roach marvels at.
February 25, 2016
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Cranston justifies the film’s focus in commanding style. His role showcases both an aptitude for comedy and seasoned dramatic chops… The actor’s sublime, multi-faceted performance is the film’s heart and soul, and reason enough to see this accessible, undeniably entertaining story behind a scandal.
February 05, 2016
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I am delighted to report that Trumbo merits every bit of the hype that surrounded it. To my mind, it is the best narrative film about the blacklist that Hollywood has yet produced. Buoyed by a standout performance by Cranston, Trumbo is fast-paced and funny, and rather nimbly summarizes many of the political and industrial issues that led to the institution of the blacklist in 1947.
January 24, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Trumbo

    Bryan Cranston is brilliant here. Brilliant! Louis CK, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg and John Goodman are pretty fucking fine as a powerful supporting cast. But McNamara's script and Jay fucking Roach's directing almost turned this into made for tv crap. A mere good director could've turned this into gold. But as it is, after some pretty poor first 35 minutes, it was witty, engaging and ludicrously entertaining.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Trumbo

    Films of this kind often succumb to their casting choices when well known celebrities are portrayed in a historical context and this film similarly suffers in that vein excepting the core casting of Dalton Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is simply remarkable in the title role elevating the material to 'must-see' entertainment. Better tales of the blacklist have been told but this film melds its history and entertainment well.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Trumbo

    A companion piece to 'Good Night and Good Luck'. Thank God for Dalton Trumbo and this biopic which sheds much overdue light on the pernicious nature of McCarthyism. Due to Hollywood's penchant for blacklisting, films like this are as important as ever for going against the grain and challenging mass media representation's regressively self-aggrandising hierarchy.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Trumbo

    Trumbo's positions on free speech and free thinking are as relevant today as they were in the 50s (or any other period in time for that matter). So it's a little odd that Roach's direction in terms of tone and subsequent (and constant) shifts in it do little to service the importance of the message, instead glorifying the style and the players conveying it. It's not a bad film, but it should have been much better.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Trumbo

    Trumbo’s genius didn’t have a genius treatment here. Still, we can seize the nature, temper, and resolution of a man who deserves all our respect.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Trumbo

    Brisk biography colourfully told with plenty of fizz and verve. The performances are first class but the narrative lacks depth somehow. It skips through Dalton Trump's career at a great pace which makes for an enjoyable watch. Unfortunately this also sacrifices not only some breathing time to reflect, but also the historical weight of the times.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Trumbo

    A film which is so obvious from its opening scenes of a jazz soundtrack accompanying the smattering of typewriter keys I found it hard to commit at any point of its overlong running time. Another piece of historical moralising that of course can only be shown now that we are truly on the right side of history. A caricature of the idea of a movie, which might well be the point but I’ll wait for Hail, Caesar thanks.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Trumbo

    Not an average performance in the bunch, and a wickedly entertaining, almost quietly exhausting, performance by Bryan Cranston. This is a fascinating story that only gets more interesting when it's focused on the characters that made the era and movement so intriguing. Thankfully, "Trumbo" is almost always character-centered and even a flabby third act can't stop its momentum.

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