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2.0 out of 5 stars There has to be a better biography out there..., 15 Oct 2011
This review is from: De Niro: A Biography (Paperback)
Even though I knew very little about Robert De Niro when I started I really didn't learn a lot from this book. That's perhaps not surprising from an unofficial biography of a very private man. But what is more surprising, not to say annoying, is how little Baxter values De Niro's work. Other than 3 or 4 films we are constantly told that De Niro phoned his part in, or that the film was a critical or financial flop, proved Robert can't do comedy, that he was acted off the screen by another actor or has failed to command the fees of Tom Cruise. The pinnacles of Baxter's criticism are where he grudgingly praises De Niro's stellar performance in Cape Fear only to dismiss it by saying 'it's in the wrong film' and Heat, where apparently Pacino and De Niro are both so great that they somehow 'cancel each other out'.

I hate sycophantic biographies as much as the next guy, but if you have no appreciation for a subject why write a book? (A paycheck perhaps?)

All I took away from this was a list of films I'd like to check out. Two star for being readable.
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