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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tense, well-acted tale of real-life psychological drama.

Movie R 2014 134 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Slow, mesmerizing and well done character study

A slow and mesmerizing film by all the main performers. The film is not for anyone who is in a hurry to the get to the point. The film demands that you taaaaaake your time and experience the world that Du Pont tries to create in order to control it. The film is at its best when it reveals how wealth exploits poverty and the intricacies of a parasitic relationship and how every one buckles under the strain.
age 14+

Foxcatcher review..

I really enjoyed this film. Although the film does have a couple scenes of drug use.. This film does come out as a very tame R rated film. Other than that , I would personally recommend this film to Mature teenagers. Otherwise, Use caution when letting younger kids watch this..

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Foxcatcher is a triumph for its three leads. Tatum displays a depth of feeling here that's been unmined in most of his previous undertakings. Carell completely loses himself in his role as DuPont -- and not just because he wears a prosthetic nose, but because he channels a fearsome melancholy and eerie detachment. And Ruffalo, as he does with nearly every role he plays, anchors his performance as Dave Schultz in a masterful realism and deep empathy. Together, under the helm of director Bennett Miller, the trio takes a ripped-from-the headlines story and turns it into a compelling psychological portrait of power and class struggle, with Olympic wrestling as a backdrop.

Miller takes his time to tell the story, using each scene to build on the escalating tension. As it approaches its final, haunting end, you could cut the atmosphere with a spoon. But Foxcatcher unfolds at a remove, which is its singular weakness. Unlike wrestling, which demands a physical closeness that gives it a measure of grace and honesty, allowing opponents no place else to hide their weaknesses, Foxcatcher refuses to go to the mat, diluting its power.

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