Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

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Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) directs this drama based on the shocking, dark, true story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). Schultz is guided by multi-millionaire, and manipulative would-be mentor, John du Pont (Steve Carell) in a hellbent attempt to rise above the shadow of his successful brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo). John du Pont's "coaching" style pushes Mark to breaking point, leading to a self-destructive spiral that breeds tragic consequences. Co-stars Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave.

Schultz was critical of the film's depiction of the relationship between himself and du Pont, despite it being based on his own memoir and Schultz serving as a consultant during its production. Apparently largely upset about critics mentioning homosexual overtones, Schultz later apologised, tweeting "#Foxcatcher is a miracle. I'm sorry I said I hated it. I love it".

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo). Foxcatcher was oddly snubbed for a Best Picture nomination, making it the first film to be nominated for Director but not Picture since 2008's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - back before the Best Picture category was expanded to include up to 10 films.

Best Director winner at Cannes Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: M, Drug use and violence134 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Variety

Variety

press

Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum give superb performances... a powerfully disturbing true-crime saga.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Bruisingly intimate and psychologically nuanced, its spiral into savagery lingers like a bad dream.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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The movie’s cynical thesis about the corrupting power of wealth is embedded in every frame... Arrestingly made yet oppressively morbid.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Beautifully acted and impeccably mounted, it is light on historical details and heavy on atmosphere, character and chintz.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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A superb tragicomedy of the beta-male, a nightmare of the also-ran and almost-ran. It is also a deeply strange story about a strange man whose insecurities were all too ordinary and explicable.

5.0
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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Director Bennett Miller and screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman have thought through every scene and every line in Foxcatcher. Nothing is irrelevant.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A superbly modulated study of a twisted mind with a career-changing performance by Steve Carell.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A sad and horrible story, expertly and compellingly told.

4.0
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The director happens to be one of my favorites. His calm and steadily put of directing makes this film dark and aloof.

4.0
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Foxcatcher, the riveting true-crime sports drama about wrestling, inherited wealth and America is brilliant. The third film by Moneyball and Capote director Bennett Miller. Olympic wrestling Champion brother team Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) are sponsored by multimillionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell). The Schultz brothers and...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum give superb performances... a powerfully disturbing true-crime saga.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Bruisingly intimate and psychologically nuanced, its spiral into savagery lingers like a bad dream.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The movie’s cynical thesis about the corrupting power of wealth is embedded in every frame... Arrestingly made yet oppressively morbid.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Beautifully acted and impeccably mounted, it is light on historical details and heavy on atmosphere, character and chintz.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A superb tragicomedy of the beta-male, a nightmare of the also-ran and almost-ran. It is also a deeply strange story about a strange man whose insecurities were all too ordinary and explicable.

5.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Director Bennett Miller and screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman have thought through every scene and every line in Foxcatcher. Nothing is irrelevant.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A superbly modulated study of a twisted mind with a career-changing performance by Steve Carell.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A sad and horrible story, expertly and compellingly told.

4.0
0

The director happens to be one of my favorites. His calm and steadily put of directing makes this film dark and aloof.

4.0
0

Foxcatcher, the riveting true-crime sports drama about wrestling, inherited wealth and America is brilliant. The third film by Moneyball and Capote director Bennett Miller. Olympic wrestling Champion brother team Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) are sponsored by multimillionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell). The Schultz brothers and...

5.0
0