The critics weigh in on NOTORIOUS, in theaters this Friday

…”Notorious” is a rock-solid biopic with a foolproof rise-and-fall storyline and a warmly nuanced performance by Jamal Woolard as iconic rapper Christopher Wallace — aka Biggie Smalls – Variety

“…this is the first gotta-see movie of 2009. It has terrific performances, a powerful soundtrack and eye-catching visuals” –

Newcomer Jamal Woolard plays the lead role so closely that it’s almost chilling. “The mannerism, the behavior, the walk, the chin up high…,” he says of how he studied B.I.G.’s movements. “That’s what I really had to get.” The result is a performance that is not just physically uncanny but multi-layered in character portrayal as director George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Barbershop) jam-packed a snap-shot of a decade of B.I.G.’s life into a 38 day shoot. – AOL Music

Check out Biggie’s musical inspirations and musicians who have been inspired by Biggie here

Synopsis: In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Cast: Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton, Dennis White


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