Lists: Drama, Historical

Brief Synopsis: "The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted."

Overall Ranking: 1605 (Rank from 2015: # 61)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 20%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 30%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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George Rother of MovieGuy 24/790(full review)
Bryan Lienesch89 - Given how much the themes of communism, the first amendment, and vitriol towards those we disagree with pops up in today's political rhetoric, this is an incredibly important film for our time. For those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine80 - Going into the movie, I knew what it was about, but I was under the impression it was Hollywood vs The Government. I never knew Hollywood turned on itself. Members of the HUAC were made up of Hollywood insiders like John Wayne (David James Elliott), Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and Ronald Reagan. Others like Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg) were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues or lose everything.
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Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - Trumbo is a well-timed film that’s all about the freedom of speech. More specifically, the freedom to think, vote, and believe as one chooses is the central theme of the film. With the backdrop of the cinematic history behind Roman Holiday, The Brave One, and Spartacus, director Jay Roach hammers on this theme throughout the film with a stylized, darkly humorous approach that generally hits the spot.
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Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Dan O'Neill70(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10169
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film64(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)
Minnesota Man50 - A hammy take on a dark time in Hollywood history. Straight to HBO.
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People Involved

  • Bryan Cranston (Dalton Trumbo)
  • Diane Lane (Cleo Trumbo)
  • Helen Mirren (Hedda Hopper)
  • Elle Fanning (Nikola Trumbo)
  • Louis C.K. (Arlen Hird)
  • John Goodman (Frank King)
  • Michael Stuhlbarg (Edward G. Robinson)
  • David James Elliott (John Wayne)
  • Roger Bart (Buddy Ross)
  • Mark Harelik (Ed Muhl)
  • Jay Roach (Director)