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Nobody's Fool (1994)

tomatometer

91

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 5

It's solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody's Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman's best late-period work.

100

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 0

It's solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody's Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman's best late-period work.

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Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination (and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International Film Festival) for his performance in this well-drawn comedy-drama. Sully (Newman) is a 60-year-old man who emotionally seems to have never quite emerged from adolescence; scraping by on part-time work in construction, Sully has built a life around avoiding responsibility. He hasn't spoken with his ex-wife (Elizabeth Wilson) in years, he lives in a rooming house owned by

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Drama, Comedy

Sep 9, 2003

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (5) | DVD (12)

The movie is both a star vehicle and an ensemble piece; the other actors revolve around Newman yet give off more than just his reflected light.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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We love to see our movie gods play flawed souls, especially a god with a face that looks like one on a Roman coin.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Moviegoing holds few pleasures greater than watching an established star completely inhabit a role that exactly suits his personality and abilities. And seeing Paul Newman in Nobody's Fool defines that pleasure.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Nobody's Fool is funny at times and as cuddly as an old teddy bear. But this movie is being taken far too seriously in some circles.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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While watching Robert Benton's sublime adaptation of Richard Russo's novel, it's hard to avoid the realization that movies like this have become an endangered species.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The principal pleasure of this film directed by Robert Benton is that its characters are carefully drawn and developed rather than applied like so many decals on a two- dimensional wintry landscape.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Robert Benton has made Nobody's Fool, a return to the finely humanistic spirit that made his Places in the Heart and Kramer vs. Kramer' so popular.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Nobody's Fool is an unprecedented treat, populated with charming, believable characters and a parting shot so beautiful even the hardest of hearts will melt helplessly at its sight.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Over time, the rhythms of small-town life and the eccentricities of its residents can grow on you. That's exactly what happens as you watch this sharply observant movie.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

An old hand at this kind of heart-warming fare, Benton doesn't swamp it with sentimentality, allowing the crumpled charisma of Newman to effortlessly carry the drama.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Newman clearly owns the part of Sully, but there is nary a false or uncertain note struck by anyone in this ensemble cast.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie feels oddly phony from its very core outward.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The tagline for Nobody's Fool was 'Worn to perfection.' That sums up the life and acting career of Paul Newman.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

Paul Newman's Oscar-nominated performance and Robert Benton's solid, unobtrusive direction combine to create a resonant if unsurprising meditation on growing old in America.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Gentle, witty and delightful without ever being manipulative, Nobody's Fool is adult entertainment of rare quality.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Nobody's Fool

PAUL NEWMAN!!! HE'S SO WONDERFUL!!! BUT NOW HE'S DEAD!!! :````~( Okay, enough of that. Wonderfully lived-in movie. I'm okay with this optimistic, uplifting tale because everyone's love of each other is tempered by bitter hatred.
April 5, 2009
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

It is probably better that I saw this movie after Paul Newman died. There are parts that are pretty cliche, but there are also scenes that are fucking flawless. The supporting cast around Newman is amazing including Bruce Willis who gives one of his best performances in this film. (I also enjoyed seeing Melanie Griffith's assests...nice.) The part that got me the most was the ending which was a great way to think of Newman. It's a simple and well acted film that also features a fresh faced Philip Seymour Hoffman who is fucking hilarious.
October 15, 2008
tsigur

Super Reviewer

Things seem stuck in a small town here. It's a good set of actors, who don't do much of consequence.
August 4, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

Super Reviewer

A showcase for an aging Newman, the film is witty at times but pandering at others. It can't decide whether it is serious or light and does both half right.
January 23, 2014
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

    1. Wirf: [to Sully] How can I get you out of jail when you won't go in?
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