Why did they go ahead anyway? Did they believe that an immense Capote audience was hungering for two films about him?
- Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, November 03, 2006
All that was painted grey in Capote becomes black-and-white here.
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out, October 30, 2006
Two good films about one subject [are] much better than a lot of bad films about different things.
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, October 17, 2006
Jones gets everything -- the gestures, the generosity, the mean streak, the bending of the ear to recitals of woe, whether across a lunch table or a prison cell.
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, October 17, 2006
The film benefits from three splendid performances: Toby Jones as Capote, an aggressively gay elf exuding a tosspot charm; Sandra Bullock as Nelle Harper Lee, a novelist who uses spoken words with quiet precision, and Daniel Craig as Perry.
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2006
Infamous covers just enough new ground to be interesting, but it will always suffer by comparison.
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, October 13, 2006
It's a stellar cast, but you can't help but lament the bad timing.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, October 13, 2006
No matter how noble the competitor, coming in second in a contest always feels like a lesser effort.
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star, October 13, 2006
[With Hoffman], it was easy to see Capote as someone truly extraordinary, perhaps a genius. Toby Jones... doesn't have that quality, though he does offer something almost as good: Watching him it's easy to believe he's really Truman Capote.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, October 13, 2006
Even judged on its own, though, McGrath's movie feels slightly misjudged.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, October 13, 2006
Infamous is quietly stolen by Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, October 13, 2006
Jones wears the title role so well that you simply forget he's acting, which wasn't true of Philip Seymour Hoffman last year when he gave a performance that deserved its Oscar. If Jones fails to pick up an Oscar nomination, he should pitch a hissy.
- Kyle Smith, New York Post, October 13, 2006
British actor Toby Jones is so physically right in the role, you'll think Capote is playing himself.
- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, October 13, 2006
When Infamous is on, it's really on. It's much more celebratory of Capote's unequaled, larger-than-life spirit, which can be a joy to watch.
- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, October 13, 2006
Unlike its coolly detached brother, Infamous is right in your face, as amusing in flashes, and annoying for stretches, as any shallow little tyke.
- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, October 13, 2006
Infamous is a well-made movie about a fascinating character, and if it weren't essentially a repeat of last year's Capote it would likely be one of the hot flicks in filmdom right now.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, October 13, 2006
McGrath focuses on Capote's own divided soul, where massive insecurity co-exists with great courage.
- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, October 13, 2006
In the early going, Infamous can be generously entertaining and quite funny. But McGrath gradually blends serious ingredients into this comic souffle of chatter and gloss.
- Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, October 13, 2006
Infamous is one of the funniest sad movies in recent memory.
- Michael Booth, Denver Post, October 13, 2006
The problem with Infamous isn't that it revisits Capote's turf -- it's that it does the same things well, and leaves the same unsatisfying holes.
- Tasha Robinson, AV Club, October 13, 2006