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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
October 29, 2013
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2013
We love to see our movie gods play flawed souls, especially a god with a face that looks like one on a Roman coin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 29, 2013
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2013
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.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
October 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
October 29, 2013
Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
October 29, 2013
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.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
October 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 29, 2013
Newman clearly owns the part of Sully, but there is nary a false or uncertain note struck by anyone in this ensemble cast.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
October 29, 2013
The movie feels oddly phony from its very core outward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 29, 2013
For better and for worse, it's still a Hollywood movie (and a white boys' movie to boot), but one with a more alert eye and feeling for American life than most of its competitors.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Not much of a plot? Don't be fooled. The best thing about a story so subdued, so contained -- at least when it's done well, and Fool is done exceptionally well -- is that, in the quiet, we can really hear the characters breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman... Robert Benton's character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don't take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
September 22, 2008
The tagline for Nobody's Fool was 'Worn to perfection.' That sums up the life and acting career of Paul Newman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
By giving his movie a very effective realistic look, by helping his actors to shape strongly believable performances, even when they are doing implausible things, Benton lends credence to...inspirational fibs.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 12, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
August 12, 2008
Gentle, witty and delightful without ever being manipulative, Nobody's Fool is adult entertainment of rare quality.
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