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Variety Review: “J. Edgar”

Rj_edgarVariety critic Peter Debruge writes, “True to Eastwood’s understated nature, “J. Edgar” offers the “tasteful” treatment of such potentially salacious subject matter, though a more outre Oliver Stone-like approach might have made for a livelier film. With the exception of a few profanities (enough to land the pic an audience-limiting R rating) and a lone homoerotic wrestling scene so tame that Ken Russell’s “Women in Love” feels like an X by comparison, the film could pass for something Warners would have released in an earlier era — earlier even than many of the events depicted onscreen, as suggested by Tom Stern’s cinematography, desaturated nearly to black-and-white.

“Eastwood’s restraint applies to not only the kid-gloves depiction of how Hoover slyly manipulated politicos and press, including a loathsome attempt to blackmail Martin Luther King Jr. into declining the Nobel Peace Prize, but also to his oddly nonjudgmental approach to Hoover’s sexual identity, depicting him as a man too Puritanical to pursue intimacy with someone of either gender.”

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