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Lenny (1974)
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Summary: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public. (imdb)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Directed By: Bob Fosse
Written By: Julian Barry
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na edaz
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na maborosi
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na Ocelot
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na winds
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na DocBrowne
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na Madstone
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na Benad
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na Ariaz
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na cinema_hell
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na Pingy
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na johnhuss
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na MartinTeller
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na Deadmarsh
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na mostafah
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na Bushyman
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na RNG
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na Grouchy
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na Woody92
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na Whyte Nite
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na poictesme
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na Rumplesink
65
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na verbals
74
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na rodoki_11
86
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na HP_Buttcraft
80
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na Moribunny
73
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Fosse's rhythmic directing, Bruce Surtees' rugged but aesthetic cinematography, Hoffman's performance, very good all around. I liked this movie, the character and the messages a little bit better than I ever liked Lenny Bruce's act, somehow.
na mark83
7
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na madiso
80
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na Al Chambers
88
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na coffee
79
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na Sapphire
35
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na vsls
70
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na ianlarson
98
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na pzingg
90
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na TarantinOle
86
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na robixsmash
70
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na djfntstque
77
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na ngebe
70
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na caocao
73
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na Abba
92
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na debaser1985
70
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na mikeparasol
90
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na muratkrks
76
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na Exaybachay
92
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na Orion16RUS
93
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na Spunkie
70
T9
Blending stand-up into real life Lenny is a neat idea, it speeds up the pace. Since Fosse is an auteur with a few masterpieces, I was expecting more out of it.
na NightGoat72
70
T6
na msignite
93
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na codpiece
90
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na FreddieQuell
95
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na supergloo
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na gimmefiction
90
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na burakh
62
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na pomattovich
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na cusakfehn
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na IndyFilmFest
91
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na BlueHeat
85
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na ColonelTigh
94
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na paulofilmo
73
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na SirStuckey
80
T8
An intriguing movie that has some of the most impressive use of sound editing I've ever seen/heard with Fosse masterfully weaving together stand-up monologues and interviews within the storyline. Hoffman is great as Lenny and Valerie Perrine does a good job as his wife. Well worth a watch.
na monoglot
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na estragon
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na DougCollins
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na FlorVdE
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na jbcobb
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na Ashby
79
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This movie is all about Dustin Hoffman's performance as Lenny Bruce. The movie is really slow at times and takes too much time indulging itself in seemingly needless stuff. Also the detoriation of Bruce goes so fast that we barely get any character development whatsoever. I know it's based on real-life, but still I believe it could have been done better. If you're a fan of Hoffmann or Lenny Bruce, it's worth a watch, but it's not really really that great a movie compared to it's contemporaries.
na jeff_v
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na ChrissieCool
85
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na Bugsy89
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na filmaffinity
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na dchilton
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na djemba
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na keskin
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na Princezz
80
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na wetwillies
95
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At times moving, at others hilarious and ultimately very tragic, Lenny is, to put it simply, a beautiful film. This is now one of my favorite Dustin Hoffman performances and the black and white visual is simple stunning. This movie is criminally underseen.
na Evolution
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na oaic
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na ccbwc771
55
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na dzawski
66
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na WuGambino
80
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na Nolan
7
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na Antares
62
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na RPMcMurphy
78
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na permazorch
72
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na DougieD
85
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A well-made biopic with great cinematography and acting. Did a good job of showing the life of a controversial comic.
na rollsroyce
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na DBibby
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na Duval Spit
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na Joan Of Arc
72
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na Stain
80
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Good drama about an outrageous comedian. And of course I'm a sucker for modern movies made in black and white
na Freder
60
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na xacviant
84
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Bob Fosse's Lenny Bruce biopic feels like the last film of the 60s: the editing and semi-documentary touches all evoke that era, and as a piece of filmmaking, it's arguably more visceral and memorable than Fosse's CABARET. The script is a bit less successful, in that we view Lenny mostly through other people's eyes--an interesting choice that nevertheless distances us from him. But Dustin Hoffman throws himself fully into the role, and Valerie Perrine is fantastic as his self-destructive wife.
na helfen419
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na Plaza
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na TJ Ximenez
75
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na bob
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na Christophilm
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na tiagobdonoso
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na serhat
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na babaracus
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na toro913
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na blucthulhu
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na ewp1994
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na wokelstein
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na JasonKDarby
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na Neonman
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Hoffman totally encompasses main man Lenny Bruce, both his on-stage presence and his off-stage battles. It's amazingly inspiring to see this man defend his rights to say "tits", "ass", and "cocksucker" until it took away absolutely everything away from him. If you don't think stand-up comedy is one of the purest forms of art, then you need to see this film.
na ManInBlack
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na Daffy6964
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na ZombieBuffet
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na LB94
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na Holygrail2
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na DougReese
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na Ivanhoe
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na chiphall72
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na docpotato
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na Gody85
75
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na TheDiceman
65
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Great film.
na notchicago
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na georgia sam
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na laika
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na coltrane
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na Gordon Cole
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na Hailey
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na gleeb
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na SheWas
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na drmike
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na Ronin21
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na Solid Snake
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na lippecesar
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na screentime
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na Bacchanalian
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na Narst
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na pyrosexual
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na volver
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na Idioteck
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na mklitsch
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na Travisbickle
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na ozymandius10
69
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By today's standards it'd be a pretty average biopic. It's funny how formulaic all of these "geniuses" are in the way that they lived their lives. Dustin Hoffman was great, and really salvaged an otherwise boring movie. Oh, and don't get me wrong, I'm not selling Lenny's influence short by any means.
na Simon M.
84
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na GordonBombay
91
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Dustin is great as trailbrazing stand up comic Lenny Bruce.
na Limdebois
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na childintime
85
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na VivaLuis
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na Visualice
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na mike615
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na lolo
85
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na Storchcom
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na gorkiana
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na wizard81
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na themadelf66
79
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na CMQuinn
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na Dalen_Quaice
60
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na zmt311
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na dumbjaw
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na DePalma
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na beyndthinfnt
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na kafka1325
71
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I do not know much about a life of Lenny Bruce, but the acting and all round formula how to make biography movie is here...
na Derekstar
70
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First, I would submit this as exhibit E proving that Dustin Hoffman is one of the greatest living actors. Second, I would submit this as exhibit HH proving that a great actor can only elevate a film so much.
na kangadoodoo
80
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na Kvist
77
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na purity
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na Diogoweb
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na onetwothree
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na by Devol
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na woodoo
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Dustin is Dustin and Bob Fosse has an incredibly solid resume as a director, but this is still a biopic and is inevitably hurt by a well shot, well acted reenactment of one of Lenny's most famous bits.
na moody mehdi
91
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na oktay91
85
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na postmodifier
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na navid erfan
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na stuie299
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na billkerwin
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Hoffman is very good here, and the black and white photography is beautiful, but like most biopics this falls short of being a really good movie. Some nice directorial touches from Fosse.
na spikestone
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na camus
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na zex
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na SaiSaiSai
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na Fetsch
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na sirius
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na Mirelurk
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na RadioFreeLee
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na schizotoast
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na kakivsjok
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na gwynplaine
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na Zeno
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na JJ1986
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na digitalmonk
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na hoolie
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na Bevo52
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na TroyAnderson
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na chrisaugust
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na Esmerodo
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na bal3x
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na sebby
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There's a great little moment that is seemingly apropos of nothing where Hoffman soundlessly and happily runs down a hallway, jumps in the air, clicks his heels, struts and raps on a hotel door. Blink and you miss it. These little transient moments in Lenny are the ones I remember, whereas the meaty bits of the biopic are actually quite forgettable. To be honest, I'm not sure where that leaves the film in the end, so, um, I'll just give it a "65" and leave it at that.
na cdalepirate
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na mfl
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na bogancross
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na Lanhia
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na AAAutin
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na sengir
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na fuckchops
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na olimax
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na Supecte
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na Odradek
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na negative
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na Jebediah
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na bluesoul
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na Johnny Logic
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na electriccafe
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na Dancon7
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na Weafdog
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na vbm923
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na Gim
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na nosyparker
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na IMDb-byvotes
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na toytronicaz
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na Zoltan
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na kyle.loomis
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na TheDenizen
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Hoffman gives an incredible performance in this explosive biopic about the infamous Lenny Bruce.
na deadbill
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na Octave
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na Darbicus
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na krhunt
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na jdnolla
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na gunesko
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na SirRobbie
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na nedrifle
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na Barkinson
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na garbo
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na funkybusnss
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na Amadeus
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na wayofthegun
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The story is fairly generic, but Hoffman gives a powerhouse performance that keeps the viewer engaged.
na freakazoid
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na ecalder
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na jdb361
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