True Story

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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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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel's relentless pursuit of Longo's true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption. (C) Fox


Jonah Hill
as Michael Finkel
James Franco
as Christian Longo
Felicity Jones
as Jill Barker
Ethan Suplee
as Pat Frato
Gretchen Mol
as Karen Hannen
Maria Dizzia
as MaryJane Longo
Conor Kikot
as Zach Longo
Charlotte Driscoll
as Sadie Longo
Stella Rae Payne
as Madison Longo
Robert John Burke
as Greg Ganley
Betty Gilpin
as Cheryl Frank
Robert Stanton
as Jeffrey Gregg
Byron Jennings
as Judge Odenkirk
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Critic Reviews for True Story

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (92)

  • 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.

    Oct 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Uninspired and self-conscious performances from Jonah Hill and James Franco are part of what's wrong with this exasperating and unenlightening film ...

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An anaemic true crime story which its high-rolling leads are unable to save with their star wattage.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • What's the opposite of stealing a movie? Putting it back? Looking the other way? Laziness? Whatever it is, that's where I am with James Franco.

    Apr 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Filming a drama about the compromises and conventions of storytelling, Goold falls prey to them. He lacks the pulp verve and the symbolic imagination to illuminate or even convey the characters' mysteries.

    Apr 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's as good as any work I've seen in a film in 2015, and "True Story" is one of the better movies to come along this year.

    Apr 18, 2015 | Rating: 4.0

Audience Reviews for True Story

  • Oct 03, 2016
    This is an interesting movie, but it seemed a little stretched out. At the beginning you are hooked but then you are just waiting for the end, which is a little bad. It was also overly vulgar at times as well, although the acting was good.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2015
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2015
    Beautifully shot in a crazy premise with proven actors that somehow ends up feeling pretty lacklustre. Not bad, just underdeveloped.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    A slow-burning but intriguing thriller with James Franco and Jonah Hill at the top of their game.
    Liam G Super Reviewer

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