88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A good film in many ways, but its best achievement is the casting of Jamal Woolard, a rapper named Gravy, in the title role.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Notorious makes the death of Biggie Smalls look like a tragic mistake, instead of the outgrowth of a culture devoted to selling the fantasy of who's the biggest man.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Layering his film with the songs that made his subject an icon, Tillman is aware that Biggie connected with his audience because he told stories others instantly understood. Notorious does that, too.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Much closer to Scorsese than "Scarface," Notorious gives a heartfelt yet clear-eyed sendoff to the late Brooklyn rapper Christopher Wallace.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
For a man apparently making his first film, Woolard carries the movie like a pro. Cross your fingers that this is no fluke, for this guy could be a real comer.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
After 110 minutes of the "n" word being deployed with abandon, Biggie vows to renounce it. And just like that a deluxe episode of "Behind the Music" turns into an evening at church.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

It's an engaging enough story, crisply told, and the lip-synced music scenes in the studio and on stage are brought off in high style.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Notorious is like a piece of well-crafted bling. It looks good, and facets of it shine, but behind the gilded facade there's not much there. And what is there can be troubling and retrogressive.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's the spirit that Biggie Smalls, born Christopher Wallace, put into inventing himself and his music that ignites Notorious, a biopic that sees the flaws in the man but can't help accentuating the positive.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

A fawning bio-pic.
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60 out of 100
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