Notorious (2009) Synopsis
Centers on the life of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G, from his beginnings.
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

A fawning bio-pic.
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By strberies24
how can you not want to go see this movie? its about the fact nothing was solved and they want his story to live on. for someone to assume that its about making money off of his fame then your full...

This movie was B I G

By shanman505
This movie was pretty amazing, if you are a Biggie fan you will not be disappointed.....

i did not liked this movie at all

By FelixVanDeKamp
It was boring i think this should have just come out straight to DVD or maybe just plain TV as a documentary because that's what it was. Did not like I will give it a 2 out of 10...

Notorious BIG

It is not going to be better than any MAKAVELI 2PAC movie ever made . period and its sad that this mtv fake movie will make more noise than any other 2pac documentary has made . r.i.p the true don...

Notorious N.I.G

By lordfriday2
Shoulda been called that... nothing but a Brooklyn crack dealer who got shot. good riddance....

We miss you man

By RickBOi
We miss you Chris(BIG), you put the east side on the map. You taught all of us something in life. I still remember the day you died what i was doing and all. Miss you man R.I.P we miss you...

Brooklyn Stand Up!!!

By brooklynomarg
If you live in Brooklyn, especially in the Bed-Stuy/Ft. Greene area, this movie is a must see. I don't care if you don't like rap, Biggie was a historical figure in Brooklyn. Whether you agree or...

if ya don't know....

By RedFlAym
this was a touching movie. You can tell his momma was involved in some of the making & i think its just a really great tribute to one of the greatest...I loved all the characters we got to see, that...

I cant beleive another stupid rap movie

By metalfan
Why dont people waste time film movies like this one, a bunch of drugs and overall has a bunch a white girls in the movie. If there was a movie about some famous white person it would be a racist...


By renemonique
So excited about seeing this movie. I partied hard during the B.I.G., Lil Kim, and P.Diddy(Puff Daddy) era. His life story and music brings back many memories. I live in the hood and I must say that I...

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Rated R | For pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity and for drug use